Nearly 3,000 female and minority engineers and technical workers at The Boeing Co. are getting raises after the company found they were getting paid as much as 2.5 percent less than white males in similar jobs.
The adjustment will cost Boeing $1.5 million.
“We want to watch this in the future to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” corporate spokesman Christopher Villiers said.
Boeing hired a consultant last year to look into the matter at the request of the Seattle Professional Engineering Employees Association.
The company does compensation studies periodically, but past studies showed no significant differences, spokesman Paul Binder said Friday.
“This year we improved the process using some of the latest thinking,” he said.
The consultant found that black, Asian and Hispanic engineers at Boeing’s Commercial Airplane Group and female technical workers in the Defense & Space Group were paid from 1 percent to 2.5 percent less than white male workers in similar positions.
“So we said we would take those groups and bring them up to parity if you will,” Binder said, characterizing Boeing’s response as “pretty straightforward.”
The company is extending its investigation to other salaried employees. Boeing said it doesn’t know how the discrepancies occurred or how long the workers were underpaid.
The gap affected 2,900 employees, and their salaries will be adjusted beginning with their Aug. 24 paychecks, Villiers said.