The Gender Pay Gap for Behavior Analysis Faculty

  • Anita LiEmail author
  • Nicole Gravina
  • Joshua K. Pritchard
  • Alan Poling
Special Section: Diversity and Inclusion


We examined publicly available faculty salaries for men and women faculty members at 16 university programs accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Overall, 52.4% of the 103 faculty members were women, although there were twice as many men as women at the full-professor level. Our data suggest that ABAI-accredited training programs pay women less than men at all academic levels. Both in absolute terms and relative to the wage gap reported in other areas of psychology, the difference in mean wages for women and men in our sample was substantial. The mean salaries of men were 13%, 6%, and 15% greater than those of women at the assistant-, associate-, and full-professor levels, respectively. At all levels, the highest salary reported was earned by a man, and the lowest salary was earned by a woman. This is an embarrassment for our discipline. It is time for a change, and we behavior analysts have the tools to make change happen. Let us put those tools to good use.


Gender issues Wage gap Women Inequity 



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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWestern Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA
  2. 2.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  3. 3.FactariLincolnUSA

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