The median starting salaries for new holders of doctorates in mathematics who are launching careers in academia rose only slightly last year, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and released late last fall. The relatively small salary increases over the 1990 levels were primarily a result of budget pressures at many universities, according to the survey authors.

More New Grads Also holding the rise to modest levels--3 percent for men and just 2.2 percent for women--was the increasing number of new graduates who haven't found employment during the current recession, the survey found.

The median nine-month salary for men was $33,000 in 1991, vs. $32,000 a year earlier. For women, the median salary was $33,200 in 1991, compared with $32,500 in 1990. AMS officials speculate that the median salary was higher for female mathematicians than for their male counterparts because of an apparent attempt...

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