6 maps that show how far doctors have to go to close the gender pay gap
- Despite doctors consistently ranking at the top of lists of highest-paying jobs, the gender gap is unfortunately alive and well in the field of medicine.
- Doximity, an online community for healthcare professionals, recently released a study on physician compensation across the US.
- Their analysis of 50 major metropolitan areas found that the gender pay gap varies widely across US cities, although women in medicine earned less than their male counterparts across the board.
April 2 marks Equal Pay Day in the United States this year. That is, an average woman working from January 1, 2018, until April 2, 2019, would have earned as much as the average man did just in 2018 alone.
A recent study shows that the gender gap extends even to the generally very well-compensated field of medicine.Doximity, an online community for healthcare professionals, recently released their third annual study of physician compensation, based on self-reported surveys from about 90,000 practicing doctors across the US. Part of the analysis included looking at the size of the pay gap between male and female physicians in 50 major metropolitan areas in the US.
They found that, overall, the gender pay gap declined between 2017 and 2018. In 2017, women in medicine earned, on average, $105,00, or 27.7% less than their male counterparts. In 2018, that dropped to a gap of $90,490, or 25.2%.
Obviously, that means that a large gap still remains. Doximity further found that the state of female physicians varied widely across the 50 metro areas they studied. Even though women in medicine made less than their male counterparts in each of those cities, the extent of the gender gap and related measures is better in some places than others.
Here are six maps that show the state of the gender pay gap for doctors across the US: