At Georgetown, salaries for coaches of male sports teams double salaries for coaches of female teams
The U.S. Department of Education found that between July 2007 and June 2008, coaches of male Georgetown sports teams earned an average of $125,420 while coaches of female teams earned $53,6200 on average. Full-time equivalents who worked the testosterone end of things made $147,553 to female teams’ FTEs’ $64,344.
This compensation is comparable to Syracuse University’s pay scheme, but nothing like the disparity seen at similarly-sized Marquette University, where coaches of male teams make almost four times what coaches of female teams make, or Duke University, where salaries run $774,037 : $159,006 for coaches and $851,441 to $174,907 for FTEs.
What to make of all this? The Voice ed board had mixed feelings about the pay disparity at Georgetown, with some contending that coaches of female teams aren’t being fairly compensated if they are putting in similar hours, some asserting that the pay disparity is fair assuming that coaches of Georgetown’s high-profile men’s sports teams spend a lot more time recruiting and are highly sought-after.
Most agreed that at the heart of the disparity was sports fans’ preferences for male sports rather than female sports. What do you think?
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