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Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Feb;30(2):193-201. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2010.0597.

The $16,819 pay gap for newly trained physicians: the unexplained trend of men earning more than women.

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Health Policy and Administration Division, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.


Prior research has suggested that gender differences in physicians' salaries can be accounted for by the tendency of women to enter primary care fields and work fewer hours. However, in examining starting salaries by gender of physicians leaving residency programs in New York State during 1999-2008, we found a significant gender gap that cannot be explained by specialty choice, practice setting, work hours, or other characteristics. The unexplained trend toward diverging salaries appears to be a recent development that is growing over time. In 2008, male physicians newly trained in New York State made on average $16,819 more than newly trained female physicians, compared to a $3,600 difference in 1999.

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