These alumni see the biggest gender pay gaps

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Explaining the Gender Wage Gap


The national gender pay gap is currently one of the most talked about issues in American politics. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women who work full-time earn about 82 percent of what men make.

At StartClass, we wanted to explore the issue at an educational level. Using new data released by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education, we've ranked the colleges whose former students have the biggest gap in pay based on gender. The data we used shows the average earnings of both male and female students currently working and not enrolled at their universities 10 years after entry. The average is not specified by profession, but rather compares all working alumni from a given school. The salary data reflects students who received some form of federal aid. Data is from 2011, but it is the most recently released report.

Only schools that had a Smart Rating of 80 or higher were included for this study. Smart Rating is a composite score created by StartClass that is based on financial affordability, career readiness, admissions selectivity, expert opinion and academic excellence.

Swarthmore College

Smart Rating: 99

Average male annual earnings: $83,900
Average female annual earnings: $53,500
Average difference: $30,400

Santa Clara University

Smart Rating: 98

Average male annual earnings: $99,700
Average female annual earnings: $68,000
Average difference: $31,700

Carnegie Mellon University

Smart Rating: 98

Average male annual earnings: $108,000
Average female annual earnings: $76,200
Average difference: $31,800

Yeshiva University

Smart Rating: 93

Average male annual earnings: $78,700
Average female annual earnings: $45,500
Average difference: $33,200

Davidson College

Smart Rating: 98

Average male annual earnings: $91,900
Average female annual earnings: $58,400
Average difference: $33,500

Columbia University in the City of New York

Smart Rating: 99

Average male annual earnings: $118,800
Average female annual earnings: $85,100
Average difference: $33,700

Yale University

Smart Rating: 99

Average male annual earnings: $113,200
Average female annual earnings: $78,600
Average difference: $34,600

Babson College

Smart Rating: 94

Average male annual earnings: $123,000
Average female annual earnings: $87,800
Average difference: $35,200

Tufts University

Smart Rating: 98

Average male annual earnings: $111,700
Average female annual earnings: $75,900
Average difference: $35,800

Georgetown University

Smart Rating: 98

Average male annual earnings: $130,700
Average female annual earnings: $93,800
Average difference: $36,900

Rhodes College

Smart Rating: 97

Average male annual earnings: $85,600
Average female annual earnings: $48,500
Average difference: $37,100

University of Chicago

Smart Rating: 99

Average male annual earnings: $118,200
Average female annual earnings: $78,500
Average difference: $39,700

Princeton University

Smart Rating: 199

Average male annual earnings: $137,400
Average female annual earnings: $89,700
Average difference: $47,700

University of Pennsylvania

Smart Rating: 99

Average male annual earnings: $141,000
Average female annual earnings: $92,000
Average difference: $49,000

Amherst College

Smart Rating: 94

Average male annual earnings: $112,700
Average female annual earnings: $62,800
Average difference: $49,900

Middlebury College

Smart Rating: 98

Average male annual earnings: $109,200
Average female annual earnings: $57,300
Average difference: $51,900

Harvard University

Smart Rating: 100

Average male annual earnings: $165,800
Average female annual earnings: $111,200
Average difference: $54,600

Brigham Young University

Smart Rating: 93

Average male annual earnings: $84,500
Average female annual earnings: $29,500
Average difference: $55,000

Stanford University

Smart Rating: 99

Average male annual earnings: $151,100
Average female annual earnings: $94,700
Average difference: $56,400

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Smart Rating: 100

Average male annual earnings: $151,800
Average female annual earnings: $93,700
Average difference: $58,100

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