MBA News: Financial Times Examines MBA Salary Gender Divide

A new comparison conducted by the Financial Times probes the divide between genders in MBA graduate salaries around the world. According to the salary information the publication compiled, women receive an average 87% rise in salary within four to five years of enrolling in an MBA program, whereas men experience an average 96% increase within the same time frame. The differences vary by continent—for example, the pay gap between male and female MBAs three years after graduation in North America is 13%. This percentage is highest in Africa and South America, where it is 36% in both. The region with the smallest gap is Oceania—11%.

Another angle on the salary gap that the Financial Times highlights is the pre-MBA salary differential. In North America, for example, the disparity between men’s and women’s salaries before earning a business degree is 7%, compared with the 13% seen within three years of graduation. The largest shift between the two figures is in Africa, where the pre-MBA gap is 16%, and the post-MBA gap is 36%. Interestingly, in Asia, the difference between men’s and women’s salaries actually decreases from 17% before business school to 12% after. In addition, the Financial Times reports that nearly 50% of the women in the survey held professional level jobs, while the men tended to occupy director or senior executive positions.

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