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Unmeasured factors: Revisiting the gender gap in physician salaries

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The evidence of a gender salary gap for physicians is solid. The reasons, however, are elusive due to “unmeasured factors,” according to authors of a study published recently in Health Affairs.

The research — using data from graduating medical residents and fellows in New York State — showed that male physician average starting compensation was $235,044 from 1999 to 2017, while female physicians’ average starting compensation was $198,426 during that same period — creating a $36,618 gender salary gap.

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Chris Harrop
Chris Harrop
Senior Editorial Manager MGMA

Chris Harrop, senior editorial manager, MGMA, serves as editor of MGMA's flagship print publication, MGMA Connection magazine, and oversees various association content publications while also serving as a contributing author for the organization. Prior to MGMA, he was managing editor of multiple news organizations in the Denver metro area. Email him.

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