Thursday, June 11, 2009

Penn State Compensation and Salary Data: Gender

One thing that jumped out at me as I was putting together the tables in my last post is that only two women appear in any of the list.

Eva Pell, Vice president for Research, is the only female officer of the University and her salary of $256,400, which is her total compensation, is smaller than the smallest salary, $382,464, on the list of top 25 salaries.

The only other woman is Kathleen Eggli, Chair of the Department of Radiology, who makes the list of top 25 salaries at number 10 with a salary of $478,522.

Is this evidence of a gender bias at Penn State? That's a tough question to answer and this data is insufficient to answer it. Many factors go into determining how much someone is paid and they must be accounted for before any conclusion can be made. However, the near total absence of women does demand that a closer look be taken.

In fact, one woman at at Hershey is demanding just such a look be taken.

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Stephen said...
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Veblen said...

I've deleted two comments, one on this post and one on the following post, which superficially were pro-Penn State. They were in fact spam directing people to a job search Web site. I'm explaining these deletions because I don't want anyone to think that I'm censoring comments.