The gender gap in academic salaries
13 December 2011
Women academics earn 81% of what their male colleagues earn, according to data supplied by the US Department of Education.
This data aggregates all full-time faculty positions, so some of the difference in salary can be explained by rank: there are many more men than women in full professor positions, i.e. the most highly-paid of all academic ranks.
But important differences in pay exist within ranks as well. As this study shows, the average salary for men at the rank of full professor was $109,466. For women full professors the average pay was $96,886. Thus, women full professors earned, on average, only 88 percent of male full professors.
There’s a lot to be said about disparities between how male and female faculty experience their jobs. But the fundamental facts — serious differences in pay, by gender — are illuminating as to how those disparities get sustained over years, decades. These differences speak to differentials in how male and female faculty are valued.