Harvard Grads with Jobs Nearly 5x As Likely to Make $90,000+ When Male

Out of those employed, 2014 Harvard College graduates who happen to be male are five times as likely as their female classmates to make a starting salary of $90,000 or more, The Harvard Crimson reports.

The paper’s 2014 Senior Survey found 19 percent of employed males in the class reached the pay grade, while only 4 percent of females reported such incomes.

The sample size is small, but the paper reported similar trends in its 2013 survey:

Salary differs noticeably between male and female students. Men are much more likely to appear in the highest pay brackets than women: Of the students who expect to earn more than $110,000 in their first year of work, three-quarters are male. Of those who will earn $90,000 to $110,000, men represent nearly two thirds. And those numbers come from a pool of respondents which included more women than men, suggesting that the true tallies are in fact slightly more weighted in men's favor.

The difference in industries chosen by male and female students partially accounts for the difference in pay. Men enter finance, consulting, and technology at higher rates than women, while more women pursue education, media, and health after college.

But industry alone does not explain the wage gap. Among students entering finance, men are still nearly four times as likely to earn more than $110,000 per year, and three times as likely to earn $90,000 to $110,000. Admittedly, the sample sizes are small. But the same holds true in consulting. And in technology and engineering, 79 percent of men expect to make more than $90,000, compared to just 44 percent of women in the same field.

This year’s full results will be released Tuesday.


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