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Female Professors Earn Less At University of North Carolina

Female Professors Earn Less At University of North Carolina


Female professors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earn less than male professors, with wide disparities in the medical school, according to a detailed analysis of salary equity.

Women earn an average of $1,332 less than White men on the campus. Among tenured and tenure track professors, their salaries are $1,830 lower.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, women earn $1,169 less. But the biggest disparities were found on the medical side of the university, with women earning $6,976 less overall and $6,713 less among tenured and tenure-track professors.

Among medical faculty who treat patients, the inequity was larger with women earning an average $9,293 less than men.

“We have a problem, and it needs to be remedied,” says Sue Estroff, chairwoman of the UNC-CH Faculty Council.

The study was presented earlier this month to the faculty group, which will discuss it next month. The analysis compared the pay of 832 women and 327 minorities to 1,293 White male professors to find patterns of disparity by sex and ethnicity.

The study showed a different picture for minorities. In most categories, minority professors earned more than White males — overall, minorities earned $1,680 more than White males.

At the medical school, minority professors earned an average of $597 less than White males. Among those who treat patients, the minority disparity was $195.

UNC-CH Chancellor James Moeser said the study would require careful attention.

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