ERIC Number: ED295332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Male/Female Salary Disparity for Professors of Educational Administration.
Pounder, Diana G.
The earnings gap between male and female workers across all occupational groups has been well documented; full-time women workers earn, on average, approximately 65 percent of men's salaries. Although male/female salary disparity is largest across occupational groups, salary disparity within occupational groups still prevails. For example, the salaries of women professors are estimated at about 88 percent of male professors' salaries. A recent study of the educational administration professoriate indicated that women faculty earn, on average, about $10,000 less than their male colleagues. Even when controlling for rank, women faculty still earn about $5,000 less than men faculty. Although these data suggest possible gender bias in compensation, descriptive statistics do not adequately verify wage and salary discrimination. This study explores the problem of a male/female salary differential for professors by discussing relevant factors that may explain this disparity and by applying a model for detecting compensation bias to a sample of educational administration professors' salaries. Aside from simple descriptive statistics and bivariate correlations, data were analyzed using two multiple regression techniques. Results indicate that a small but statistically significant proportion of the salary variance (beyond that of other compensable factors) is explained by gender. Varying market conditions, individual negotiating skills, and past experience may account for some salary disparities. Implications are briefly discussed. Included are several tables, 3 endnotes, and a bibliograpy of 31 references. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).