A study released Thursday shows no systemic racial, gender or ethnic disparity in faculty salaries in most departments at the University of Missouri. Pay differences in all departments besides the College of Engineering are explainable, the study says.
Though female faculty members at the university tend to make roughly $16,000 less than male faculty members and ethnic minority faculty members tend to make $16,000 less than majority faculty, those pay differences can be explained through rank, research productivity and administrative experience.
The study found that male faculty members were more likely to reach the rank of full professor than females, and that male faculty more likely to have higher productivity.
The study said that male faculty members tend to have 3.5 more years of experience at the university than female faculty members and earn more because of that, not due to unfair treatment.