CNN Money has an informative article about the gender pay gap in medicine. It cites a 2017 survey of roughly 65,000 physicians by Doximity, a social networking platform for professionals in the health care field, that found a 27.7% gender pay gap. That equates to a whopping $105,000 of annual pay! The even worse news is that the pay gap is growing as Doximity found a 26.5% pay gap in 2016. (If you want some good news, physician salaries increased 4% last year while the overall average wage growth was only 2.6%.)
Doximity examined salaries across specialties and found the biggest pay gaps were in Charleston, SC and Kansas City, MO. They were not able to offer any explanations for the differences across geography.
The good news is that female physicians still earn quite respectable salaries. If you’re rightfully concerned about this gender pay gap, we would encourage you to network and work on your salary negotiation skills.