ERIC Number: ED211025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-29
Reference Count: 0
Female Faculty Salary Equity Study: University of Maryland, College Park.
Hurley, Rodney G.; And Others
Salary differences between full-time male and female faculty members who hold a doctoral degree were studied at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1979. The full-time instructional and research faculty having the rank of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor who possess a doctoral degree totaled 1,199 (1,010 males and 189 females). Variables that were identified as most relevant for a salary sex equity study, and for which data were available, are as follows: years since degree; years since degree squared (to account for the nonlinear nature of salary growth over a career), salary, rank, and academic unit (a grouping variable representing 11 academic organizational clusters). It was found that for the campus in the aggregate, when taking year-since-doctoral degree and rank into consideration, on the average females are paid less than males. The best estimate of this difference is $105,554. This aggregate figure, however, is highly misleading because 83.4 percent of the deficit is located in two divisions (Human and Community Resources and Arts and Humanities) that employ 67.2 percent of the female faculty. The disparity between male and female salaries was greatest at the professor rank. The average salary deficit per female at this rank was $1,071, over twice the average amount at the associate and assistant ranks. Only 13.8 percent of the total female faculty were at this rank but they accounted for 26.4 percent of the total salary deficit. Additionally, female doctoral faculty are concentrated in disciplines having lower average salaries. As a result of the study, the college established committees to determine the comparability of individual female faculty members' salaries with those of similarly situated male faculty members, and the salaries of 68 women were increased. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Office of Institutional Studies.
Identifiers: University of Maryland College Park