Think You’re Underpaid? Your Doctor May Be, Too
The New York Times reports that women doctors at some of the nation’s most prominent public medical schools earn nearly $20,000 less a year on average than their male colleagues.
The story appears to confirm two things that women know all too well: 1) when it comes to salaries, men are hard-wired to pay men more than women to do the same work and 2) one reason may be that women don’t demand more when they negotiate their pay. Study author Dr. Anupam B. Jena, a Harvard professor, told the paper that men and women may negotiate differently, and “male physicians may be more aggressive in terms of obtaining outside salary offers.” The medical community seemed exasperated by the results. “It’s 2016, and yet in a very methodically strong, large study that covers a broad swath of the country, you’re still seeing at the very least a 10 percent difference in what men and women take home,” said Dr. Molly Cooke, a professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco, who has studied salary disparities among physicians.