Female physician researchers have lower salaries than their male counterparts, even when statistics are adjusted for specialty, academic rank, leadership positions, publications and research time, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
In 2009 and 2010, Dr. Reshma Jagsi, associated professor in the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor's radiation oncology department, and colleagues mailed surveys to the 1,729 recipients of National Institutes of Health career development awards between 2000 and 2003 whose addresses were available. They received 1,233 completed surveys, but the report was limited to the 800 physicians (553 men and 247 women) who were still affiliated with academic institutions and reported their current annual salary.
For the men, the overall average salary was $200,433 or some 16.3% higher than the women, whose average salary was $167,669.
Salaries were grouped into four categories: low paying, below $175,000; moderate paying, $175,000 to $225,000; high paying, $226,000 to $300,000; and extremely high paying, more than $300,000.