Do male teachers earn more than their female colleagues?

I will speak for Michigan here:

Probably just slightly.

Teachers are paid based on education and years of service. As such, my female colleagues who have master’s degrees and who were hired in the same year I was make, to the penny, exactly what I make.

So, you might think the answer is no.

However, as is true in many professions, women’s wages lag (in part) because they are more likely to take time off to have children than men are. This loss of time results directly in a loss of seniority and a corresponding decrease in salary.

That said, the effect is almost certainly significantly smaller in education than it is in other fields.

  1. Teaching has one of the most forgiving schedules of any full-time job. As a result, many teachers don’t take off a full year (or multiple years) to raise kids.
  2. Most teacher contracts plateau after a certain number of years. So for women who take a year or more off, their salary is reduced for some time but then eventually catches up to their male counterparts who did not take time off.
  3. Teachers can often supplement their wages by taking on extra responsibilities like coaching, sponsoring a club, or serving in leadership roles in the school. There does not seem to be, in my experience, the same degree of “glass ceiling” when it comes to women in leadership roles in education. On the contrary, the majority (though not by much) of leadership positions within my school district have, in my tenure as a teacher, been filled by women. I’ve worked for 5 female superintendents (2 men), 4 female principals (2 men), and more female assistant principals than male ones. The teaching staff is also roughly 2:1 female:male as well — that is likely one reason that women seem to be more common in leadership positions in education than in other fields: simple statistics would suggest it must be so, since leadership positions in education are nearly universally filled by former teachers.

So there you have it: male teachers in Michigan probably, on average, make very slightly more than female teachers due to the delay in reaching the top of the pay scale that women are preferentially more likely to suffer because of their greater likelihood of taking time off to raise a family.

But female educators (including administrators) probably, on average, make very slightly more than male educators due to their greater representation in higher-paid administrative roles.

This information was taken from Quora. Click here to view the original post.

What can you say about the situation in your country/state? You are welcome to share your thoughts and observations!

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Darlene Davidson
The simple answer to this question is no.
Dec 17, 2019 7:07PM
Chrissy Krainock Luders
John Puza, whatever gave you that idea? Or did you just throw it out for controversy
Aug 5, 2019 5:19PM
Linda Stegall
John Puza, Have no idea what makes you think we are less intelligent . My IQ is 150.
May 6, 2019 9:51PM
Ian Swindale
Men get paternity leave so there should be no difference whatsoever on pay for the 2 sexes. In the UK there are some startling differences especially in the City.
Apr 22, 2019 4:37AM
Jean Stulcke
That’s a bunch of hooey. A lot of women work thru their pregnancy, takes the time it takes to have the kid and then go back to work because of necessity. Don’t men ever take time off for anything. That’s just an excuse.
Mar 31, 2019 5:16PM
Don Racette
John Puza Me thinks your wife might be not making you dinner tonight!
Feb 23, 2019 4:57PM
David Berns
I wonder if elementary teachers are paid the same high school teachers. Are science and math teachers paid the same as social studies teachers? If the answers to these or similar questions are no, then there may be a gender pay differential if men tend to teach in high school or if they are over represented in science and math.
Jan 6, 2019 5:28PM
Rave Cooper
Now try stats on the difference in hours men do compared to woman..way longer Poor guys always get a bad rap
Oct 4, 2018 11:39PM
Shirley Marsh-Kruljac
Not where I live, thank you God
Oct 4, 2018 11:17PM
Tom Erskine
Keith Shepard, your headset is too tight! Take it off and re-read the article!
Oct 3, 2018 4:37PM
Richard Danielewicz
This article has no point of value to me because I am still looking for a job teaching, not subbing, teaching and please don't tell me subbing is the same thing as teaching because it is a far far cry.
Oct 3, 2018 9:08AM
Who cares??
Oct 2, 2018 4:53PM

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