Physician practices with more female doctors have smallest gender pay gaps

• A study shows female physicians have more equitable income when they work in practices with more doctors who are women.
• The analysis shows a 12 percent relative difference in income for practices with equal numbers of female and male physicians, compared with a 20 percent income difference in practices dominated by men.
• The findings offer important evidence that workplace diversity can help reduce earnings gaps, other inequities.

Cause of gap in starting pay between male and female physicians still inconclusive

When taking into account factors such as work-life balance, the pay difference between new male and female physicians is still largely unaccounted for, according to findings that were published Jan. 22 ahead of print and will also appear in the February issue of the journal Health Affairs.

Structured, salary-only compensation plan for physicians is a model for pay equity, Mayo Clinic study finds

Gender pay equity in the field of medicine remains elusive. Gender-based pay differences have been shown to persist, even when controlling for experience, clinical productivity, academic rank and other factors. These inequities result in significantly lower lifetime earnings, job burnout and negative attitudes toward work, and adverse effects on the profession and society.