There Is a Gender Pay Gap in Academe, but It May Not Be the Gap That Matters

The gender-based wage gap has been in the spotlight lately, as the Obama administration used a pair of executive orders this week to remind the country that women make 77 cents for every dollar men make, according to oft-quoted (and sometimes criticized) data from the Census Bureau.

New data released this week by the American Association of University Professors show there is a gender wage gap in academe, too. However, the bigger problem in academe—as in society at large—may not be a wage gap, but a representation gap.

Fewer Women at Higher Ranks

At doctoral universities, where the difference between male and female pay is the largest, women across all faculty ranks make about 78 cents on the dollar, nearly the national average ratio for all women. But, as critiques of the 77-cents-on-the-dollar data point will tell you, that doesn’t tell the whole story.

If you compare men and women at the same faculty rank, female full professors make 90 percent of what their male colleagues make. For associate professors, assistant professors, lecturers, and instructors, the numbers are 93 percent, 91 percent, 88 percent, and 96 percent, respectively. <Read more.>

Via Jonah Newman, The Chronicle of Higher Education.