In this month’s issue of The Scientist, the authors present 2013’s Salary Survey of the life-sciences, revealing differences in geographic location, career position, speciality, and, most importantly to us, gender. Despite the introduction of the Equal Pay Act, differences presented in salary are still present in the career of the life-sciences Scientista, even for equivalent occupations and productivity.
So the question to be asked is, why? One explanation given, is that less women reach higher-level positions than men, but the data proves otherwise, leading to more questions. The article writes that it’s actually quite the opposite, showing that the gender gap is even more prevalent at higher-level positions.
“While female and male life-science graduate students surveyed by The Scientist made about the same amount of money, female associate professors earn around $24,000 less per year than male associate professors, and female full professors make an average of $26,000 less than males.”
Can you imagine making 24k less than a completely “equal” counterpart? It’s been nearly a decade since the introduction of the Equal Pay Act, and it’s undoubtably difficult to prove if we’ve made any progress in this matter. Gender differences prove to be a constant nuisance to the Scientista.
More information can be found here.
"In this year’s survey, for example, male respondents in the U.S. reported an average total income of around $111,000 per year, while their female counterparts averaged just $77,000 in annual pay."
Palmer, Chris and Yandell, Kate. "2013 Life Sciences Salary Survey." The-Scientist.com. LabX Media Group. 1 Nov. 2013. Web. 23 Nov. 2013.
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