Gender’s Role in Fleet Salaries

Aug 19, 2009
According to a survey by Automotive Fleet magazine, male fleet managers earn an average salary of $79,429 per year, while female fleet managers make an average of $67,378- a difference of more than $12,000 dollars per year.

The gap between male and female fleet managers’ salaries is affected by several factors.  When it comes to experience, the survey showed that the gap begins at around $3,000 per year for fleet managers with 1-3 years of experience.  From there on, the salary gap remains roughly the same until 20 years of experience, when it widens significantly to over $15,000 per year; male managers at this level make an average of $87,083 while females earn $71,666.

Education and fleet size have a less constant effect on the salary gap.  While female fleet managers did report a lower salary at almost all levels of education, females with a technical degrees were found to earn slightly more than males with the same level of education.  The largest gap appeared in managers with liberal arts degrees, with males making an average of $14,000 more than females. Females were found to earn more than their male counterparts in fleets with between 1 and 50 vehicles, and stay close to even with male salaries until fleet sizes reache 1,000 or more, where the gap reaches $15,624.

While this data may seem somewhat bleak, consider the following: across all professions in the United States in 2008, males made an average of 22 percent more than females. In the fleet industry, that number is only 15 percent.

Do you think the salary gap is a problem? What could the fleet industry do to lessen the divide? Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think.