International Congress of Psychology, Date: 2008/07/20 - 2008/07/25, Location: Berlin, Germany

Publication date: 2008-07
Volume: 43 Pages: 783 - 783
ISSN: 0020-7594, 1464-066X
Publisher: Psychology Press

International Journal of Psychology


De Gieter, Sara
Hofmans, Joeri ; De Cooman, Rein ; Pepermans, Roland


1701 Psychology, 1702 Cognitive Science, Social Psychology


Regardless of their lower salary, women are at least as satisfied with their salary as their male colleagues. Studies examining this ‘paradox of the contented female worker’ often used the Pay Satisfaction Questionnaire (PSQ). Whether this instrument is measurement invariant across gender, however, has not been previously tested. To avoid rash conclusions, the present study submitted PSQ data of 699 female and 448 male employees to a series of measurement invariance tests. The results supported the gender invariance of the measurement of pay satisfaction by the PSQ, assuring now that it is an appropriate instrument to examine the illustrated paradox.