ERIC Number: EJ696173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
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Gender-Based Salary Inequity in Social Work: Mediators of Gender's Effect on Salary
Koeske, Gary F.; Krowinski, William J.
Social Work, v49 n2 p309 Apr 2004
This study examined the direct effect of gender, controlling for years of experience, job role, and other variables, in a sample of 359 Pennsylvania social workers. Men social workers received significantly more yearly salary (an estimated $3,665 more) than women social workers. A path analysis suggested that the salary advantage for men that was attributable to their acquiring more experience and management positions was slightly larger than the direct effect of gender. The ability of merit variables to explain salary was somewhat greater for men than women. Other variables that mediated the effect of gender on salary were MSW specialization, working in a social work or a related area, and practice area (children and youths, health, mental health, or other area). The results suggest that substantial gender disparity continues to exist in social worker salaries.
Descriptors: Gender Discrimination, Females, Path Analysis, Managerial Occupations, Males, Gender Differences, Social Work
National Association of Social Workers, 750 First Street, NE, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20002. Web site: http://www.naswdc.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania