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Charting Better Galaxies

Your (April Fools') guide to Astrology at work

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Introduction

Charting Better Galaxies is the first report to shine a light on wage and representation gaps by Astrological Sign.


Companies use ChartHop to manage their People Data, giving ChartHop unprecedented access to real‑time salary, equity, managerial, and Astrological data. For this report, we aggregated and anonymized the data of tens of thousands of employees from private and public tech companies.


We found significant trends in how leadership representation, functional role type and compensation vary across Astrological sign and sign type.


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Much to the surprise of our astro-skeptic readers, the trends we uncovered align to common personality traits associated with people’s sign. Charting Better Galaxies pairs these findings with Astrological Personality Analytics to question how (sub)conscious perceptions of personality traits are driving these trends.


Clarity into Astrological Sign distribution is not going to solve all of our workplace challenges. But, it’s an important step in understanding how sign- and personality-based stereotyping inform compensation, promotions, vocation, and more.


Organizations need data and resources to address workplace inequities. With ChartHop’s actionable Astrological Insights, leaders now have the context they need to address inequities and create a better workplace for everyone under the stars.

Introduction

Charting Better Galaxies is the first report to shine a light on wage and representation gaps by Astrological Sign.


Companies use ChartHop to manage their People Data, giving ChartHop unprecedented access to real‑time salary, equity, managerial, and Astrological data. For this report, we aggregated and anonymized the data of tens of thousands of employees from private and public tech companies.


We found significant trends in how leadership representation, functional role type and compensation vary across Astrological sign and sign type.


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Much to the surprise of our astro-skeptic readers, the trends we uncovered align to common personality traits associated with people’s sign. Charting Better Galaxies pairs these findings with Astrological Personality Analytics to question how (sub)conscious perceptions of personality traits are driving these trends.


Clarity into Astrological Sign distribution is not going to solve all of our workplace challenges. But, it’s an important step in understanding how sign- and personality-based stereotyping inform compensation, promotions, vocation, and more.


Organizations need data and resources to address workplace inequities. With ChartHop’s actionable Astrological Insights, leaders now have the context they need to address inequities and create a better workplace for everyone under the stars.

Key Findings

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Virgos are the most highly represented sign across the industry.

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There is a representation gap in senior leadership. Fire Signs make up 40% of leadership positions.

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Earth Signs are paid the lowest compared to other sign types.

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Water Signs are most likely to have support roles - Customer Success, People/HR, and Tech Support.

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Even though Earth Signs are the lowest paid by sign type, Libras are the lowest paid sign overall.

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True to their nature, Air Signs as a whole defied categorization and could not yield any tangible trends.

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Virgos are the most highly represented sign. Yet they make below average salary.

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The Workplace Astroguide

Before we dive into the data, how does your Astrological sign show up at work?

Fire Signs

Aries

Aries

3/21 - 4/20

You are a born leader, bold, and ambitious. Mind your competitive streak, not everything is a race.

Earth Signs

Taurus

Taurus

4/21 - 5/20

You're a hard working and methodical leader. Remember to keep an open mind in conflict.

Air Signs

Gemini

Gemini

5/21 - 6/20

You have big and creative ideas. Yet, you struggle to move forward with decisive action.

Water Signs

Cancer

Cancer

6/21 - 7/20

You're loyal and steadfast. Sometimes your personal feelings may cloud your professional judgement.

The Workplace Astroguide

Before we dive into the data, how does your Astrological sign show up at work?

Fire Signs

Aries

Aries

3/21 - 4/20

You are a born leader, bold, and ambitious. Mind your competitive streak, not everything is a race.

Leo

Leo

7/21 - 8/20

You're a collaborator who can steer teams towards a unified goal. Remember to share the spotlight.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

11/21 - 12/20

You're a bold and optimistic thinker. Avoid overly- procedural and mundane workplaces.

Earth Signs

Taurus

Taurus

4/21 - 5/20

You're a hard working and methodical leader. Remember to keep an open mind in conflict.

Virgo

Virgo

8/21 - 9/20

When it's time to get something done, you're everyone's best friend. Take a deep breath and be mindful of micro-managing.

Capricorn

Capricorn

12/21 - 1/20

You're ambitious, competent, and dependable. Remember that a little vulnerability goes a long way.

Air Signs

Gemini

Gemini

5/21 - 6/20

You have big and creative ideas. Yet, you struggle to move forward with decisive action.

Libra

Libra

9/21 - 10/20

You're fair and level-headed but balk in conflict. Identify ways to advocate for yourself.

Aquarius

Aquarius

1/21 - 2/20

You're independent and outgoing. Be mindful of your tendency to not listen to others.

Water Signs

Cancer

Cancer

6/21 - 7/20

You're loyal and steadfast. Sometimes your personal feelings may cloud your professional judgement.

Scorpio

Scorpio

10/21 - 11/20

You're strong-willed and charming. Beware of letting your intensity and secretiveness sour your relationships.

Pisces

Pisces

2/21 - 3/20

You're a highly creative and cerebral thinker. Be mindful of distractions.

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1. Earth Signs
(Capricorn,
Taurus & Virgo)
Overstaffed & Underpaid

It may shock some readers to know that there is, in fact, an Astrological wage gap. In fact, Astrologically-based inequality is deeply embedded in our workplaces. It stems from centuries-old sign-based stereotyping that affects our present in impactful ways.

Earth Signs as a whole made up the majority of workplaces at 36%. Yet, despite their strong representation, they are the lowest paid sign type in the zodiac.

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After investigating the root causes of these disparities, our researchers found that these trends are largely driven by Earth Signs' disproportionate makeup of individual contributors (ICs) at 40%.

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Our analysts believe this discriminatory behavior is rooted in Earth Signs’ industrious and high-achieving work ethic. They are historically less likely to advocate for themselves for key leadership positions and advancements in pay.

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What this means for your business:

Value and elevate those with a knack for process and structure to leadership positions.

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What this means for your business:

Value and elevate those with a knack for process and structure to leadership positions.

2. Fire Signs
(Aries, Leo & Sagittarius)
Blast to the Top

Compared to other sign types, Fire Signs dominate Executive positions at 40% -- two times as much as Water Signs and four times as much as Earth Signs.


Through a deft combination of combativeness, skill, and show-boating, Fire Signs have secured their spot in key executive and leadership positions across the tech industry.

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Sagittarius’ were the lowest represented in the tech industry at 5% and ranked among the highest paid. We suspect this is due to their mischievous yet optimistic approach to life, and being well liked by peers and colleagues.

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What this means for your business:

Create objective guardrails in performance reviews to reward all staff who do great work, not just those who talk about it.

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What this means for your business:

Create objective guardrails in performance reviews to reward all staff who do great work, not just those who talk about it.

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3. Water Signs Dominate People-Facing Roles

Research found that Water Signs tend to gravitate towards people-facing roles, particularly Customer Success (50%), People/HR (60%), and Technical Support (45%).

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It is unclear whether Water Signs gravitate or are steered towards these roles. However, we hope that by shedding light on this trend, orgs may realize the need to have more Water Sign representation across departments where empathy is highly valued, like Sales and Marketing.

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What this means for your business:

Value empathy and compassion across all departments and levels.

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What this means for your business:

Value empathy and compassion across all departments and levels.

4. Air signs as inconsistent as ever

True to their nature, Air signs follow neither rhyme nor reason. They are all over the place in terms of department, seniority, and compensation.


However, the data becomes troubling when focusing on Libras. We found that, although Earth Signs as a whole are the lowest paid by sign type, Libras are outliers as the lowest paid out of every sign.

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Due to their non-confrontational and peace-keeping nature, Libras are quite frankly unlikely to stick up for themselves in the workplace. They are consistently passed over for promotions and raises and likely need help advocating for themselves.

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What this means for your business:

Compensate employees based on objective measures, not based on who asks for raises.

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What this means for your business:

Compensate employees based on objective measures, not based on who asks for raises.

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Conclusion

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Our data paints a picture of the issues we must address to achieve the fairness and equity our society needs.


Change requires action across the board -- from Leos and Geminis to Capricorns and Scorpios. Now that we know the problems that must be addressed, we have the opportunity to leverage this data for good.


If you're a ChartHop Customer, you can get started now. Check out your Astrology data and get to know the trends in your own company. And start tracking this data across your team too.


Understand the gaps in your company, and in your industry. To continue the work, check out the Charting Better Workplaces Report to see how these metrics stack against gender and race.


Together, we can address inequities and create a better workplace for everyone under the stars.


Our data paints a picture of the issues we must address to achieve the fairness and equity our society needs.


Change requires action across the board -- from Leos and Geminis to Capricorns and Scorpios. Now that we know the problems that must be addressed, we have the opportunity to leverage this data for good.


If you're a ChartHop Customer, you can get started now. Check out your Astrology data and get to know the trends in your own company. And start tracking this data across your team too.


Understand the gaps in your company, and in your industry. To continue the work, check out the Charting Better Workplaces Report to see how these metrics stack against gender and race.


Together, we can address inequities and create a better workplace for everyone under the stars.


*This report was written by a Gemini Sun, Aries Rising, and Capricorn Moon.

*This report was written by a Gemini Sun, Aries Rising, and Capricorn Moon.

"Companies spend millions trying to figure out if they have pay equity issues or gender gap issues.

Now there will be no excuse because the data is sitting there - you can push a button and get it."

Aileen Lee from Cowboy

Aileen Lee
Founder & Partner, Cowboy Ventures

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