Where white males earn less

The new National Survey of Salaries and Wages in Public Schools (2005-06) is out. This result is surprising:

Among superintendents, females out-earn males by more than $9,000, a margin of about 8 percent. District leaders from black and Hispanic racial and ethnic backgrounds earn average salaries between 21 percent and 25 percent higher than their white counterparts. Pay is highest for black and Hispanic females with average annual salaries topping $155,000.

For administrators, pay is highest in large districts. Teacher pay tends to be best in mid-sized districts.

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  1. Can we end affirmative action and go back to judging purely on merit again, then?

  2. BadaBing says:

    This is good and I hope the trend continues. White people are finally getting what they deserve.

  3. Twill00 says:

    Is that the sound of a massive lawsuit I hear, or a gun being cocked?

  4. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Walk away, Ray. Over the side, Clyde. Kick sand in their face, Grace.

  5. Walter E. Wallis says:

    By which I mean, get out and let them have it.

  6. Ross the Heartless Conservative says:

    Average assistant professor salaries in the Information Systems field were a lot higher for women and minorities in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s because of a shortage of women and minorities in those fields. As a result a lot of women entered the field and the salaries are very similar for women and men now. There is still a shortage of minorities so the starting salary for minorities in that area are still higher on average.

    I am a white male but I don’t see anything wrong with market forces determining salary. If you want more of a product supplied you can either raise the market price of the product or lower the cost of making the product. In the case of a Ph.D. for minorities lower the cost would mean having lower quality standards. I would much rather increase the salaries to attract the best and the brightest.

    One clarifying point, I am working under the assumption that the schools are identifying the best candidate for a job and then paying the standard wage, or least amount over standard,to hire that person. When market forces lead to an advantage for one group wages will return to parity when a market imbalance is corrected. When government programs such as AA are created to correct an imbalance then there is no balancing mechanism.

  7. Well there’s your mistake then. Assuming market forces when there’s all sorts of interference in the market.

    Artificial value is placed on race, gender and whatever other immaterial qualities suit the politics of the moment. In the part of the educational labor market which is least free, K-12, immaterial considerations are used to set labor value to the exclusion, or at least to the ignoring of, material qualities.

    Or to be more blunt, skin color or reproductive organs are more important then teaching skill, if teaching skill matters at all.

  8. roryslife says:

    Is it possible that black or hispanic administrators are more likely to be incharge of large districs that have more money.

    It is my guess that large school districts are more likely to be in urban areas with higher concentrations of minority students.

    If this is true, then it seems to be entirely likely that these large districts would be more likely to have black or hispanic administrators.

    Since managing a large urban school distric is inevitably going to be a more challenging job than a small rural distric, it stands to reason that these administrators would be entitled to more compensation.

    Just a thought…

    Note: I am not an educator, just parent and education policy junkie…

  9. roryslife says:

    Please forgive my spelling errors in the above post. I should of spell checked.

  10. If the high salaries paid to Black females are mostly in large cities with large budgets and highest cost per student. it appears that the salary of superintendents is highest for those with the worst performance.

    Not “market” forces.