No matter where they live or what they specialize in, female doctors in the US earn significantly less than male doctors, a new survey shows.
The wage gap for medical specialities is highest for vascular surgeons, occupational medicine, gastroenterology, and both pediatric endocrinology and rheumatology. In each case, men earn about 20 percent more than women in the same specialty, translating to about $89,000 more for male vascular surgeons or about $45,000 more for male pediatric rheumatologists.
The self-reported data was gathered from 36,000 licensed doctors working full-time in the US by Doximity, a social media site for physicians.
STAT reported Tuesday on the overall wage gap between male and female doctors — about 27 percent — and what this means for a profession that relies more and more on female practitioners. Depending on the state (or Washington, D.C.), up to 46 percent of doctors are women and about half the graduates of US medical schools are women. And in certain specialities, such as pediatrics and pediatric sub-specialities, between 52 percent and 62 percent of practitioners are women.
The Doximity report supports other studies relating to physician pay. But one report, published in 2016, finds female radiologists earn slightly more than male radiologists at public medical schools.