Salaries in Higher Education

The Texas Tribune is in the process of filing Freedom of Information requests for detailed information from state institutions and agencies on the breakdown between the median wages of men and women on their payrolls. This project is ongoing, and not all universities are in the Tribune’s database.

Private universities do not have to release such information, and both Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University declined our request for information. The University of North Texas is not in the Tribune’s database and at the time of writing had not responded with the numbers.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center, however, did respond with two sets of numbers. 

Keep in mind that these are aggregate numbers including salaries for all employees from the most highly paid to the lowlier paid. Also keep in mind that separating staff from faculty, as is done below for UNTHSC, can result in radically different numbers. illustration by Steven Craig

University of Texas at Dallas 
President: David Daniel
Annual compensation: $514,919
Employees: 4,048
Departments: 119
Median salary: $39,000
Female employees: 1,893
Median female salary: $38,293
Male employees: 2,155
Median male salary: $40,800
Women’s salaries as a percent of men’s: 93.85

University of Texas at Arlington
President: Vistasp Karbhari
Annual compensation: $485,000
Employees: 3,288
Departments: 167
Median salary: $45,878
Female employees: 1,706
Median female salary: $41,190
Male employees: 1,582
Median male salary: $54,125
Women’s salaries as a percent of men’s: 76.10

Tarleton State University 
President: F. Dominic
Dottavio
Annual compensation: $280,000
Employees: 1,055
Departments: 90
Median salary: $43,580
Female employees: 618
Median female salary: $38,000
Male employees: 437
Median male salary: $51,002
Women’s salaries as a percent of men’s: 74.51

University of North Texas Health Science Center
President: Dr. Michael
Williams
Annual compensation: $725,000
Number of Departments: 150

NOTE: Because UNTHSC is a professional school, officials reported salaries in two ways: Staff and faculty, and staff excluding faculty. The first set of numbers includes the faculty physicians who staff outpatient clinics and provide hospital in-patient care across Tarrant County, and are considerably more highly compensated than the nurses, medical assistants, medical technicians and customer service representatives who work in the clinics.

Staff and Faculty
Employees: 1,582
Median salary: $52,860
Number of female employees: 1,042
Median female salary: $46,506
Number of male employees: 540
Median male salary: $80,652
Women’s salaries as a percent of men’s: 57.66 percent

Staff Only (Excluding the faculty)
Employees: 1,116
Median salary: $43,500
Number of female employees: 820
Median female salary: $42,708
Number of male employees: 296
Median male salary: $50,256
Women’s salaries as a percent of men’s: 84.98 percent