At Georgetown, salaries for coaches of male sports teams double salaries for coaches of female teams

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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?

Photo used with permission from Georgetown Sports Info.

11 Comments on “At Georgetown, salaries for coaches of male sports teams double salaries for coaches of female teams

  1. That’s Georgetown’s Title IX disclosure, not a DOE study. And, interestingly, a lot of women’s teams get more spent on them per-player than their male equivalents, including golf, rowing, soccer, and lacrosse.

    Anyway, math time: Basketball made the school $10 million, while football earned $1 million. Surprisingly, besides those two sports, women’s sports outearned the men by about 1 million dollars. Even figuring that JTIII’s salary skews the average male salary somewhat (it was around $650,000 a year ago), it just doesn’t make sense for the coaches of female teams to be made so much less than the coaches of male’s teams.

    Considering that the female teams outearn male teams, maybe you should reconsider whether outside of basketball there’s an audience preference for male sports over female ones.

  2. I think the pay disparity may have to do with Georgetown’s talent in high-profile sports more than anything else. According to the Washington Times, JTIII’s new contract earns him about $900,000 per year (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2007/sep/28/hoyas-reward-thompson-iii/). I was unable to find David Urick’s pay, but the fact that he has been at Georgetown for a substantial amount of time and has had great success as a head coach leads me to believe that his pay is on the higher side of the scale. Though Ricky Fried probably is compensated well for his work with women’s lacrosse, there is no counterweight to JTIII’s salary on the women’s side of the ledger.

    (Of course, my speculation on lacrosse contracts is just that, speculation)

    This lack of balance is probably due to the preference for men’s sports. For instance, there are only two millionaire coaches in women’s basketball (Pat Summit of UT and Geno Auriemma of UConn), while I can name at least five in men’s off the top of my head (Coach K at Duke, Roy Williams of UNC, Bill Self at Kansas, Jim Boeheim of Syracuse, and of course Jim ‘Not a dime back’ Calhoun of UConn). The greater revenue for men’s sports as compared to women’s sports allows for the Athletic Departments to funnel more money back to the coaches of those sports.

  3. The media exposure or popularity of the sport should have nothing to do with the pay of the coach. Neither should the earnings. The female atheletes work just as hard as the male athletes, and the female coaches work just as hard as the male coaches.

    Outside of JTIII, this is just good old Catholic values and plain old sexism rearing its head again.

  4. Hmm… I don’t know if it’s safe to assume that coaches necessarily do equal work.

    Per Will’s comment, if something like, say, women’s soccer out-earns men’s soccer, it’s possible that with that popularity comes extra recruiting hours for the coaches or FTEs of the female soccer team, for example, in which case they should earn more.

    I’m trying to find numbers for individual coach/FTE compensation, but I’m having a hard time. Anyone?

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  7. If they do equal work one would assume equal pay. The salaries are comparative to the money the sports bring in. Its a good topic to disuss.

  8. This is far to common in the workplace. This is sad. There are female coaches that work just as hard, if not harder then male coaches. Hopefully over time things will take a turn for the better.

  9. Why is it female coaches are required to teach classes while all the male coaches are not in a particular school and they make more money. This is not right

  10. I understand everyone’s sentiments but unfortunately reality is different from our ideals. A big revolution may be needed to change the current state of things.

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