BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

Professor: gender pay gap not what it seems at BYU

Jan 2, 2019, 3:13 PM | Updated: 3:14 pm

PROVO — A national group tried to compare BYU unfavorably with other colleges for the wage gap between male and female graduates, but at least one expert says it wasn’t a very fair comparison.

Businessstudent.com blasted Brigham Young University for its large disparity in pay for male and female graduates, claiming the Provo school’s gender wage gap is the worst in the country. But Utah Valley University’s Dr. Russell Warne, an associate professor of psychology, says the report failed to take into account that women, especially those within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are more likely to take time out of the workforce to raise a family. As a result, he says, that creates the disparity in experience as well as pay.

“Women are more likely to not want to work overtime,” Warne says. “They are more likely to want to work part-time, to want flexible schedules.”

“It’s no secret that the BYU student body is more likely to be married, they are more likely to have children at a younger age, and that’s true for men and women,” he added.

Warne was also critical of the study’s methodology, saying it did not include a large enough sample size to fairly compare with other universities.

“It’s only from people who have received federal student loans, and that’s only 17 percent of the BYU student population. It’s not a representative sample of the BYU population overall,” Warne says.

 

Nationally, the rate of students who take out loans to pay for their education is much higher, with around 40% of all U.S. residents between the ages of 18 and 30 carrying student loan debt.

 

Today’s Top Stories

Brigham Young University

video game...
Elizabeth Weiler

BYU students win international award for video game

SALT LAKE CITY — Students apart of the animation program at BYU received international recognition from the Rookie Awards for developing and producing a video game. Additionally, the “Highly Commended” also helped BYU earn the global ranking of fifth top video game design school.  The interactive computer game in question is titled Liminus: The Silent Guard, it […]
1 day ago
BYU...
Mark Jackson

BYU wellness students return from Blue zone with healthy lifestyle tips

Some BYU students are learning how to live healthy and happier lives from a trip to Ikaria, Greece.
11 days ago
The anticipation of hosting the Arkansas Razorbacks will not be the only source of excitement at BY...
Elizabeth Weiler

BYU to host Arkansas with a Fighter Wings flyover

The anticipation of hosting the Arkansas Razorbacks will not be the only source of excitement at BYU's stadium this Saturday. Hill fighter wings will perform a flyer-over. 
2 months ago
A new exhibition is opening soon at the BYU Museum of Art....
Waverly Golden

New exhibition coming to the BYU Museum of Art, depicts 20th century African American History

A new exhibition is opening soon at the BYU Museum of Art on October 15, 2022, featuring over 50 works depicting African American History.
2 months ago
The Book of Mormon Art Catalog offers users a variety of ways to conduct specific searches and to b...
Devin Oldroyd

Book of Mormon digital visual art catalog launches Monday

A digital catalog of visual art inspired by the Book of Mormon became available on Oct. 3. It features more than 2,000 pieces.
2 months ago
The wafer with the etched Book of Mormon on it, made by BYU students...
Samantha Herrera

BYU engineering students put ‘world’s smallest Book of Mormon’ on 4 inch disc

The entirety of the Book of Mormon is now on display on a gold-plated 4-inch disc in the Clyde Building at BYU. It'll last millions of years.
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Professor: gender pay gap not what it seems at BYU