Tulane’s pay inequality higher than peer institutions, federal data shows • The Tulane Hullabaloo

Pay inequity poses a significant challenge in retaining high-quality female talent nationally. (Gabe Darley)

Female professors at Tulane University earn nearly 22% less on average than their male colleagues, Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows. For these teachers, that deficit is equal to tens of thousands of dollars in lost revenue amid galloping inflation in the USA.

In 2020, the average salary for male professors was $121,053, compared to the average salary of $94,997 for female professors.

On average, male professors earned $26,056, or 21.5% more than their female counterparts at Tulane on average.

Pay inequality in Tulane varies widely by tenure status and longevity.

Female assistant professors earned an average of $93,870 in salary. Male assistant professors, however, earned an average of $115,843, or 18.9% more than their female counterparts.

Assistant professor positions are the first step on the ladder to tenure, similar to entry-level doctoral positions. holders. Tulane assistant professors have five years demonstrate mastery of their field – through academic papers, books, and research – to earn tenure.

Tulane declined to leave management available for comment..

In a written statement, Mike Strecker, assistant vice president of communications, said, “Tulane is committed to pay equity at all levels. The Provost and Deans regularly review salaries to ensure that all faculty are fairly compensated. Within departments and disciplines, salary is strongly correlated to the number of years a faculty member has worked at the university.

A demonstration of a bar graph of pay differences at Tulane University based on gender and academic rank.
Database reflects 2020 salaries submitted by Tulane University to the U.S. Department of Education and requisitioned from federal datasets. (Rohan Goswami)

As female assistant professors earn nearly $22,000 less than their male counterparts at Tulane, the gap is narrowing among full professors.

A tenured professorship is the highest position on the tenure track. At Tulane, female tenured professors earn on average just under 98% of what male professors do.

The gender pay gap in academia is well documented in Scientific Research and federal data. But the explanation for Tulane’s pay gap may not be as simple as overt gender discrimination.

“The main reason for the gender gap is going to be broader societal factors,” patrick button, an associate professor of economics at Tulane, said. Button described the driving force behind the gender pay gap as “pipeline issues.”

The “leaky pipeline” is the phenomenon whereby female university aspirants in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics have few female role models, lack control over research and work, and end up leaving their chosen field before entering a teaching position.

The pay gap problem is seen on a societal level, “more broadly than Tulane’s,” Button said.

“A lot of the time, it may be that because women get less mentorship, or they face more discriminatory barriers in the profession — and that extends beyond Tulane, of course — that can reduce the number of women who are able to… get a tenure position,” Button said.

According to Button, the situation for women in the academy is difficult nationally, not just at Tulane.

“There are other institutional factors that may matter,” Button said. “Women often bear a disproportionate burden of childcare, elder care.”

“If there are fewer resources provided in graduate programs or when individuals are in college in terms of childcare,” Button said, “then it can make it more difficult to balance their disproportionate childcare responsibilities and their academic responsibilities as well.”

Tulane’s pay gap was higher than that of 21 of the 37 universities the Department of Education considers to be in Tulane’s peer group.

In this peer group, which included the eight Ivy League schools, Stanford University, University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University, male professors earned an average of 20.6% more than their female counterparts. .

The average salary for women in the peer group was $122,509, compared to $154,823 for men.

“Tulane also has processes and resources available to any faculty or staff member who suspects that they or others are experiencing pay inequality. The Office of Human Resources and Institutional Equity investigates such reports thoroughly,” Strecker said.

Tulane ranked second to last in average pay for both men and women.

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