Battle of the Sexes

OK, WE ADMIT IT: We couldn't wait to go back to the well to see how some of our salary survey results differed for men and women. Here then, some highlights we gleaned from a few extra swaths we cut through the initial results based on 1,040 Campus Technology reader respondents, 570 of whom were male, 454 of whom were female. (For general information about survey sample size, breakdown, and more, please see our December Salary Survey issue online.) For our purposes here, and because more respondents were men than women, we examined the percentage of each gender responding vis-à-vis its own gender pool, not the numbers within each gender responding against the pool as a whole.

Current Annual Base Salary. Not too much of a surprise here: More women responded at salary levels below $60K, more men responded at salary levels $60K and up, with a curious exception in the $75K-$80K range, where response was almost equal. The largest percentage of our surveyed females responded in the $55K-$60K range; the largest percentage of males surveyed responded in the $100K-$125K range, although the second most prevalent ranges for men were $60K-$70K and $70K- $75K. And at $80K-$200K, women lagged far behind.

Satisfaction With Overall Compensation. Men may be more highly compensated, but that doesn't mean that women (bless their little hearts) are complaining about it: The identical percentage of men and women (just under 49 percent) reported that they are satisfied with their overall compensation, and nearly the same percentage of men and women (rounded to 27 percent) claimed to be dissatisfied with overall compensation. Who's more dissatisfied? Men-a scant .5 percent more men than women reported they are "very" dissatisfied. There's just no pleasing some people.

Benefits.When it comes to benefits, we noted a couple of interesting items: Women are almost five times as likely as men to favor a non-performance-based bonus plan, while men are more than twice as likely to wish for a performance-based bonus plan. Also interesting: Around twice as many men as women reported they value expense accounts and institutional pension plans. What do women wish for? More time off. Which brings us to...

Hours Worked per Week. All we can say here is that beyond a 40-hour work week, men reported they tend to work a wee bit longer than do women, although the difference is slight-that is, until our respondents hit the 60-hour-or-more threshold. Above and beyond 60 hours a week, men reported they're in the lead-by almost 2 percentage points.

Departments Managed. Yet men may be working longer hours because they oversee more departments, according to our survey. Beyond overseeing a single department (38 percent of women, 36 percent of men), the next largest percentage of female respondents reported overseeing two departments (10 percent), while the next largest percentage of men reported overseeing five to nine departments (13.2 percent, vs. 9.5 percent of women). But then there's the blip that puts the kibosh on our theory: 4 percent of both men and women claimed to be managing 10 departments or more.

From the Business World. More of our male survey respondents reported that they hail from the business (non-academic) environment than do our females surveyed- and they've lingered in the corporate world longer, almost all the way down the line. At 10 years (of nonacademic experience) or longer, the difference is striking: 16.8 percent of male respondents, for instance, reported that they worked outside academia for 10-49 years, while only 8.2 percent of our surveyed females did. This may account for some of the pay differences reported in our survey, as those from the business world often step into campus jobs at a higher starting salary than many promoted from within.

But Who Sits at the President's Table? More men than women, at least for now. While the majority of our survey respondents-three-fourths of both males and females-are still on the outside looking in, of those who have made it into the president's cabinet, over 5 percent more are men than women.

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