15 jobs in the US that are chronically underpaid

Tech employees tend to make a lot of money — but they could be earning even more.

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Tech employees tend to make a lot of money — but they could be earning even more.
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Flickr / Leo Hidalgo

Glassdoor recently discovered that the average American is underpaid by $7,500 a year.

And if you have one of the most underpaid jobs in America, you could be missing out on tens of thousands of dollars more a year.

Using pay data from 1.3 million US employees who submitted their current base pay to Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth tool between October, 2016 and October, 2017, Glassdoor found that the typical worker is paid about 13.3% less than their market value.

To calculate someone’s market value (which the Know Your Worth tool recalculates for participating members each week), Glassdoor’s machine learning algorithms take into account current job title, base salary, employer, work location, industry, typical job transitions, years of relevant experience, and current state of the local job market.

Glassdoor’s chief economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain posits that a major reason Americans are so chronically underpaid comes down to a lack of negotiation. Glassdoor found that three in five US employees did not negotiate their salaries upon being offered a job.

The key to not being chronically underpaid is to not only know your market value, but to also use this knowledge to help negotiate your pay, whether it be a raise or in a new role.

If you have one of the most underpaid jobs in America, it may be time to get to work:


15. Tax manager

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Kate Hiscock/Flickr

Current median base salary: $107,019

Current market value: $124,349

Wage gap: 13.9% or $17,330


14. Web developer

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Danny Ayers/flickr

Current median base salary: $63,500

Current market value: $74,273

Wage gap: 14.5% or $10,773


13. Consultant

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Jacob Lund/Shutterstock.com

Current median base salary: $85,000

Current market value: $99,462

Wage gap: 14.5% or $14,462


12. User experience designer

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YouTube

Current median base salary: $86,000

Current market value: $100,875

Wage gap: 14.7% or $14,875


11. Program manager

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WOCinTech Chat/Flickr

Current median base salary: $88,000

Current market value: $103,302

Wage gap: 14.8% or $15,302


10. Communications manager

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Flickr/Dan Monsieurle

Current median base salary: $76,498

Current market value: $89,831

Wage gap: 14.8% or $13,334


9. Marketing manager

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Juhan Sonin/flickr

Current median base salary: $80,000

Current market value: $94,107

Wage gap: 15.0% or $14,107


8. Medical assistant

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COD Newsroom/flickr

Current median base salary: $30,000

Current market value: $35,320

Wage gap: 15.1% or $5,320


7. Software engineer

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Samuel Mann/Flickr

Current median base salary: $100,000

Current market value: $117,943

Wage gap: 15.2% or $17,943


6. Web designer

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Flickr / Alper Çuğun

Current median base salary: $52,000

Current market value: $61,508

Wage gap: 15.5% or $9,508


5. Pharmacist

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REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Current median base salary: $118,000

Current market value: $141,261

Wage gap: 16.5% or $23,261


4. Java developer

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Ray_LAC/Flickr

Current median base salary: $ 78,000

Current market value: $ 94,792

Wage gap: 17.7% or $16,792


3. Research assistant

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Reuters/Ina Fassbender

Current median base salary: $30,000

Current market value: $37,935

Wage gap: 20.9% or $7,935


2. Certified nursing assistant

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flickr/TAMU-Commerce

Current median base salary: $24,000

Current market value: $30,505

Wage gap: 21.3% or $6,505


1. Emergency medical technician

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COD Newsroom/flickr

Current median base salary: $27,636

Current market value: $35,407

Wage gap: 21.9% or $7,771