Jan 23, 2020

Gender pay gap among physicians is still a mystery

The gender pay gap among physicians is widening, and researchers are struggling to understand why the difference in the average starting pay is more than $36,000.

The data published in Health Affairs Wednesday was compiled from 1999-2017, showing the average starting compensation at $235,044 for men and $198,426 for women, with a larger gap in more recent years.

  • Still, about 60% of the unadjusted gap in starting salary could be from "differences in specialty and hours spent in patient care."

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