5 statistics on gender pay disparities in healthcare

Medscape released its 2018 Medscape Physician Compensation Report examining a variety of compensation-related factors throughout the industry.

Medscape surveyed 20,000-plus physicians across 29 specialties for the report.

Here are five statistics on gender disparities in healthcare provider pay.

1. Among primary care physicians, male physicians made 18 percent more than their female counterparts in 2018. Male physicians earned 16 percent more than their female counterparts in 2017 as well.

2. The pay gap widens when considering specialty care. Male specialists earned 36 percent more than female specialists. The majority of women specialists specialize in OB/GYN, pediatrics, public health, plastic surgery and family medicine, while most male physicians specialize in orthopedics, cardiology, gastroenterology, otolaryngology and radiology.

3. Women specialists are the least represented in orthopedics (8 percent), cardiology (12 percent) and gastroenterology (14 percent).

4. Concerning gender difference in pay by ethnic group:

  • White males make $335,000, while white females make $250,000
  • Asian males make $327,000, while Asian females make $234,000
  • African American males make $322,000, while African American females make $225,000
  • Hispanic males make $303,000, while Hispanic females make $223,000
  • Mixed race males make $297,000, while mixed race females make $224,000

5. Approximately 22 percent of women practice medicine only part time, while only 12 percent of males do. Both rates have been stable over the past four years.

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