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Recent statistics show that wide pay gaps exist between male and female physicians in Maryland, with female physicians earning approximately 50% less on average than males. Female physicians in Maryland earn less than male physicians in the same specialty. Average annual income for female family medicine physicians, for example, is $164,000 compared to $234,000 for males, a difference of 48%.
Medscape excluded part-time physician salaries in its yearly compensation report, and there was still a gender pay gap.
Medscape looked at salaries within specialties with sufficient female representation, and there was still a gender pay gap.
Medscape looked strictly at employed physicians, and there was still a gender pay gap.
This factor could make a small difference for self-employed physicians, but does not seem to add any information to account for the gender pay gap.
This could be a factor if a woman favors a better quality of life and flexible work schedules.
It could just be discrimnation.
Medscape found that by comparing physicians against their own age group, there was still a gender pay gap.
While aggressive negotiation may be a contributing factor, many physicians doubt that it's the chief factor.