Wednesday, October 24

Female scientists, engineers earn less than male peers

Women holding a doctorate in science or engineering are still earning significantly less than their male counterparts, according to Statistics Canada.

In 2001 census data published Wednesday, the statistics agency found that women with such PhDs earned about 23 per cent less than their male peers. That was slightly better than women in the general workforce, who earned 29 per cent less.

The average salary of a scientist or engineer with a PhD was $70,000, nearly twice the average of $36,000 in the general workforce, Statistics Canada said.

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