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Understanding & Addressing Faculty Salary Equity

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Achieving salary equity in academic medicine is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do. There are tangible institutional benefits to addressing equity issues — including salary equity — and costs to ignoring them.

Beyond a moral imperative, failing to create equitable environments, of which salary-equity efforts are a part, can hamper institutional success through retention and recruitment costs, as well as through losses in research and clinical productivity.

Creating a plan to achieve salary equity shows a commitment to and can assist institutions in keeping the best and brightest in the academic medicine and science. It should be part of an ongoing strategy to foster a supportive culture for faculty.

The AAMC has developed a set of tools and resources to help your institution get started. There’s no easy or quick solution to address salary equity, but the below information can help you begin your understanding and strategy.

Read the Report

Front cover of Promising Practices for Understanding and Addressing Salary Equity at US Medical Schools

Our report, Promising Practices for Understanding and Addressing Salary Equity at US Medical Schools, is a good starting point for creating a strategy for salary equity.

It includes data on faculty compensation, promotion trends, and perceptions of the work environment, as well as promising practices from 11 medical schools that all institutions can use to begin or refine their own local salary equity efforts. 

Access the report here.

Explore the Data

The Faculty Salary Equity Tool (FSET) allows institutions to examine trends in total compensation by gender, rank, degree, department/specialty, and institutional ownership type (e.g. private schools, public schools) across the past five fiscal years.

Graphic displays include mean and median comparisons of total compensation by gender in dollar amounts and cents on the dollar comparisons. The tool also includes a flat file of aggregated national data for use in local institutional studies.

Note: Only available to deans and Principal Business Officers (PBOs) with complimentary access to the Faculty Salary Survey report data. The AAMC encourages deans and PBOs to share this tool with others on campus.

Develop a Strategy

Need help getting started? This toolkit provides a wealth of resources from national data tables to sample school of medicine reports and salary dashboards that can help you begin addressing salary equity at your own institution.

Related Resources

Closing the gender pay gap in medicine
Leaders in academic medicine are working to address salary inequities. Learn how the report highlights the progress made to date — and the challenges yet to come. Read More on AAMCNews

Understanding and Addressing Faculty Salary Equity Webinar
This webinar will present data from the recent faculty salary analysis, explore organizational components of faculty salary equity studies and compensation, and take an in-depth look at effective practices from institutions highlighted in the publication for their efforts to address salary equity.

Please note: Some of the resources listed below are from organizations that require registration, membership, or purchase. We encourage you to collaborate with other leaders at your institution in exploring these resources, particularly those in Finance, Administration, and HR, who may already have institutional memberships to these organizations.

Toolkit

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AAMC Faculty Salary Tables by Gender

The AAMC Faculty Salary Survey data tables—MD faculty (PDF) and PhD faculty (PDF)—should be used as a starting point to understanding national trends.

The data are displayed by total compensation of full-time medical school faculty, broken out by gender, rank, degree, department/specialty, and fiscal year.

Individuals seeking salary benchmarks across all faculty groups (excluding gender breakouts) should refer to the AAMC Faculty Salary Report.

Individuals can purchase a print or digital copy of the AAMC Faculty Salary Report through the AAMC Store. Please contact fss@aamc.org with questions about these tables or the Faculty Salary Report.

As the individuals responsible for providing the survey data, deans, Principal Business Officers, and their designees, have complimentary access to the report and custom report generators containing confidential-school level survey data. Report users can log in to the report here.

Graphics Gallery

Use these charts and infographics from Promising Practices in presentations about salary equity to facilitate understanding of national trends.

Download all the graphics in one PDF.

Salary Data Dashboards

Review these dashboards to consider new ways of displaying data for individual faculty members, leaders to track their faculty information, or better monitor from an institutional perspective.

Compensation Philosophies and Policies

Use these sample philosophies and policies to consider developing your own statements or policies to better inform faculty about your institutions goals regarding compensation.

Physician Reports

Various physician organizations produce regular reports examining the current state of physician compensation by specialty. These studies cover physicians broadly and can be used as additional context in examining the salaries of clinical MD faculty.

Literature Review

Review existing research that examines faculty salaries across academic medicine to support design of local efforts to study salary equity, particularly as a part of developing a larger strategy to address gender equity.

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Faculty Salary Survey

The FSS publication and online tables are available for purchase which include 33 tables that display total compensation in a variety of ways, such as by degree, rank, department/specialty, region, and school ownership. Sign in required.

Contact: fss@aamc.org

Faculty Roster

This database generates tables on the annual distribution of U.S. medical school faculty by department, school, rank, ethnicity, degree, gender, primary specialty, and tenure status. 

Access the Faculty Roster

Contact: FAMOUShelp@aamc.org

GWIMS Salary Equity Toolkit

Explore the GWIMS Toolkit chapter on salary equity. Contents of the toolkit are focused on the individual faculty member and includes salary elements, determining your market value, negotiating for salary, and an introduction to advancing equity at your local institution.

Download the toolkit (PDF)

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