Orthopedic surgery has 3rd highest gender wage gap among medical specialties, report finds

Alan Condon -   Print  |

Female orthopedic surgeons earn on average $122,677 per year less than their male counterparts, according to Doximity's 2020 physician compensation report.

The October report found the gender wage gap among physicians in 2020 to be 28 percent, up from 25.2 percent from the prior year.

Female physicians had an average salary of $299,036 this year. On average, female physicians earn $116,289 less per year than male physicians, according to the report.

Results were drawn from surveys completed from 2019 to 2020 by about 44,000 full-time physicians who practice at least 40 hours a week.

Doximity, a networking site for medical professionals, noted the five specialties with the largest and smallest wage gaps between men and women:

Specialties with largest gender wage gaps

Otolaryngology
Men: $493,888
Women: $384,983

Geriatrics
Men: $304,002
Women: $239,032

Orthopedic surgery
Men: $614,447
Women: $491,770

Research
Men: $181,633
Women: $145,694

OB-GYN
Men: $397,578
Women: $319,513

Specialties with smallest gender wage gaps

Nuclear Medicine
Men: $368,829
Women: $359,574

Hematology
Men: $312,916
Women: $277,243

Urology
Men: $480,950
Women: $423,187

Colon/rectal surgery
Men: $455,494
Women: $400,012

Emergency medicine
Men: $360,756
Women: $315,376

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