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We’re Making Our Salary Bands Public: Here’s Why


As part of our ongoing efforts to improve equity within the technology field, we’re excited to announce that we’ve made our salary bands public.

The world of tech is full of opportunity, but that opportunity is often unequally distributed. Black, Hispanic and female engineers are heavily underrepresented in computer science jobs. And when people from underrepresented groups do access tech industry careers, they are often paid less than their white male counterparts:

  • Glassdoor’s 2019 Progress on the Gender Pay Gap report found an 11.6% gender pay gap among computer programmers, one of the highest occupational pay gaps in the United States.
  • A 2020 report from Hired Inc. found that within the technology field, Black and Hispanic job candidates expected and received lower salaries than white and Asian candidates.

Inclusion has always been at the heart of Tandem’s culture. We know that job candidates from underrepresented groups are often less empowered to negotiate for their salaries, and transparency in salary bands helps to even the playing field and ensure equity. That’s why we’ve decided to eliminate secrecy around compensation at Tandem.

The salary bands are now published on our website as a part of our defined career paths for software engineers and product designers. Each salary band is evaluated on a regular basis against the job market and cost-of-living changes. We also invest in an independently conducted pay equity audit every two years to ensure accountability to our inclusion goals.

We’re pleased to take this step toward increased transparency, but we also know that one-off initiatives are not going to lead to lasting change. Our public salary bands are just one of many ongoing steps toward creating an inclusive tech industry we can truly be proud of.

We’ll be sharing more about our progress over the coming months, so keep an eye on our blog — or, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.

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