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Date of Submission


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Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Serkan Ozbeklik

Reader 2

George Batta

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COVID-19 has changed the way that organizations conduct business. Stay-at-home orders shifted many workers, who traditionally worked in-person, to remote work. Research has been done to understand the macro impacts and organization impacts of remote work, but very little research has been conducted on the impact of wages. This paper studies the effects of remote work during and after COVID-19 lockdowns on wages. This thesis uses the San Francisco Bay Area as a case study. The findings suggest that remote workers are being paid higher after the lockdown in the area. I analyze these trends by controlling for a variety of compensation factors using Payscale Crowdsourced Data, which acts as an employee survey. The analysis extends to gender and top industries in the San Francisco Bay Area. The implication of this thesis suggests that remote work will be valued higher in the future and that more research should be done to follow these trends.