Women in Life Sciences Research Earn Less Than Male Counterparts
Women in life sciences research still earn less than their male counterparts, with no obvious explanation for the disparity, researchers found. After accounting for professional characteristics and publication volume, female researchers earned an average of $13,228 less per year than men, according to Catherine DesRoches of Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and colleagues.
Female professors were more likely to report participation in five of nine professional services activities, including serving as university administrator, member of a federal review panel, journal editor or editorial board member, chair of a university-wide committee, and officer of a professional association.
This increased time spent in nonresearch activities might help explain the decreased productivity among female faculty members of all ranks after accounting for demographic and professional characteristics.
The lower salaries for female researchers were consistent for all levels of faculty after adjustment for professional characteristics and productivity. The annual difference was $21,600 for assistant professors, $8,500 for associate professors, and $13,700 for full professors.