ERIC Number: ED283236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Administrative Compensation: A Preliminary Investigation of the Male/Female Salary Differential.
This paper examines typical explanations offered for the existence of an "earnings gap" between male and female educational administrators, evaluates the relevance of these explanations, and proposes and tests a model process for detecting gender bias in the compensation of school administrators. Common explanations for male/female wage differentials include occupational segregation (involving overabundance of the labor supply in female-dominated fields) and work-related factors that may covary with gender (such as education, experience, and career aspirations). In the male-dominated fields of educational administration the occupational segregation explanation fails to apply; women's occupation of lower status positions may account for pay differences more effectively. Education and aspiration appear not to account significantly for salary differences, but some differences may be attributable to experience levels. A model for determining the extent to which sex bias accounts for remaining administrator salary differences was tested in 11 public school systems in a midwestern state. Twenty female and 88 male elementary school principals made up the sample. Professional experience was found to account for 16 percent of the variance in compensation; educational level accounted for less than 1 percent; and nearly 5 percent was accounted for by gender. A 24-item bibliography is provided. (PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Austin, TX, January 31-February 1, 1985).