Gender Pay Gaps Widen

The Center for Health Workforce Studies found that pay gaps are widening between newly trained male and female physicians.

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 8, 2018) - Researchers at the School of Public Health's Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) found that pay gaps between newly trained male and female physicians not only persist, but they are widening.

Using data drawn from its Resident Exit Survey, conducted each year to provide an overview of the outcomes of training and to monitor trends over time, the research team analyzed starting salary trends for physicians who completed graduate medical education (GME) training in New York over the past 15 years.

The full study, which can be read here, found the following:

  • The pay gap between new male and female physicians in 2016 was more than $26,000 after taking into account a variety of factors, including specialty, setting, practice location and patient care hours.
  • Female physicians earned less than their male counterparts in most specialties including the following primary care specialties: family medicine, general internal medicine and general pediatrics.

Previous research found that female physicians completing GME training in New York earned less than their male counterparts, even after controlling for factors known to influence income. At the same time, the number of women completing a GME program in New York has been steadily increasing. Between 1998 and 2016, the percentage of female physicians who completed a GME program in New York grew from 36 percent to 48 percent.

About CHWS:
Established in 1996, CHWS is an academic research organization, based at the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). The mission of CHWS is to provide timely, accurate data and conduct policy relevant research about the health workforce. The research conducted by CHWS supports and promotes health workforce planning and policymaking at local, regional, state, and national levels. Today, CHWS has established itself as a national leader in the field of health workforce studies.

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