Survey Shows Salary Gap Between Men and Women in the Life Sciences


Scott Smallwood

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The Chronicle of Higher Education


The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Male life scientists earn almost a third more than their female counterparts, according to a new survey by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A report on the survey doesn't attribute the lower pay for women to discrimination, pointing out that men are often further along in their careers and that more men are in the high-paying field of medicine. The median salary for male life scientists is $94,000, compared with $72,000 for women. The survey mirrors the discrepancies reported in other studies of science and engineering salaries, though the life sciences attract more women than do physics and chemistry.


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