Over Their Careers, Women Doctors Lose $350,000 To The Gender Wage Gap

Posted on June 13, 2012

Think Progress, June 13, 2012 by Angela Guo

A new studyreleased by the the American Medical Association shows that the gender wage gap applies even to highly educated women in well-paying professions. Specifically, researchers calculated that over her career, the average female doctor will make about $350,000 less than a male doctor doing similar work.

Dr. Reshman Jagsi, the lead author of the new study and a professor of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan, controlled for work hours, area of specialty, and all other career and life choices. Her team’s research indicated that women still made about $12,000 less each year than similarly qualified men doing the exact same type and amount of work:

Disturbingly, even after we controlled for all those other factors, we found that male doctors were paid more than female doctors for doing the same work.

This study is the latest in a number of research projects that have produced stark findings on gender inequality in the workplace. By no means is the gap restricted to only the medical profession or low-paying jobs. In recent months, studies have shown that the gender pay disparity extends to women in other lucrative and high-paying positions, such as CEOs, CFOs, lobbyists, and financial analysts.

On average, women make 77 cents less than men. Over her lifetime, a woman loses enough in earnings to feed a family of four for 37 years.

The news comes less than a week after Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act. Despite unequivocal findings regarding the extent of the problem, Republicans have consistently opposed any measure to diminish the pay gap. From framing the Paycheck Fairness Act as a useless roadblock which would destroy small businesses to denying the pay gap altogether, Republican politicians have refused to act to address this important problem.

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