The only reason why the IEEE Spectrum magazine editors chose this chart form is because they think they need to deliver precise salary figures to readers.

This chart is just so... sad.

The color scheme is all wrong, the black suggesting a funeral. The printed data occupying at least half of the width of each bar frustrate any attempt to compare lengths. We enter an unusual place where higher numbers appear under smaller numbers. The job titles are regrettably dressed in the same cloth as the median salary bars. It's not clear how the regions are ordered but in any case, it's hard to figure out regional disparities. In reality, no one is getting precisely the listed salaries - rounding up those numbers makes them easier to grasp.

This is a chart that repels rather than attracts readers.


A test of sufficiency immediately nails the problem. When the data set is removed, there is almost nothing to see:



Mid-Atlantic managers are the winners.



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