Academic Mathematicians' Pay Rises Slightly

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

Edward Silverman
Feb 16, 1992
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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