UCF's female faculty make less than their male colleagues


In news shocking to probably no one, a survey shows female faculty members at the University of Central Florida make less money than their male colleagues.

The study found that the median salary in 2016 for male faculty members was about $90,096, about $20,000 more than the median salary for female faculty members, which was about $70,000.

That gap between UCF's 1,600 faculty members only got bigger when researchers included race and ethnicity. Among the findings by UCF researchers:

- White female faculty members earned $18,327 less than their white male counterparts, with respective median salaries of $69,699 to $88,026.
- Asian female faculty members earned $30,889 less than their Asian male counterparts, with respective median salaries of $78,730 and $109,619.
- Female faculty of an underrepresented minority (including African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and multi-racial people) made $18,747 less than their male counterparts, with respective median salaries of $66,000 and $84,747.

The study also accounted for variables that might lead to pay discrepancies, such as numbers of years of experience and teaching in higher-paying fields that are traditionally dominated by men, such as business, science and engineering. With those factors into account, the study found female faculty members earned 5 percent less than their male counterparts and "underrepresented minorities" earned 3.5 percent less than white faculty members.

"While this may not be an overt penalty, women disproportionately take on the responsibilities of childcare and providing care to relatives and other home responsibilities, on average," the study says. "Similarly, women and minorities are disproportionately represented in fields of study that may have a more overt impact on salary differences. … While it may be easy to explain salary differentiations between engineering and arts faculty, it is important to consider how these arenas are themselves 'gendered.'"

In a message to UCF faculty, provost A. Dale Whittaker says UCF recognizes that attracting and cultivating an "exceptional and diverse" faculty is one of its promises.

"Understanding more deeply how a variety of variables, including job title, date hired and discipline, influence salaries will help us fulfill that promise," he says. "Institutional Knowledge Management will conduct the more thorough review of salaries over the next few months, and the Faculty Senate will convene a working group to collaborate with university leaders on determining the best way to move forward."

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