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3 Reasons Women Doctors Make Less Than Men

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Female doctors/researchers make $12,000 less per year than their male counterparts, according to a new study by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Men reported making slightly over $200,000 a year, while women reported $168,000.

Reuters Health says that even though the wage disparity between men and women is nothing new, there may be several reasons why the difference exists for doctors.

1. Researchers found that women are more likely to work in lower-paying specialties, such as pediatrics and family medicine.

2. Female doctors are also more likely to work fewer hours- 58 hours per week, as opposed to 63 for men.

3. Women doctors may be less aggressive when negotiating for pay- or may take other factors into account such as community and location into account when choosing a job.

To come up with these possible explanations, researchers sent questionnaires to 800 doctor/researchers in the United States who won an award from the government while at the same place in their career.

One researcher worries that the findings may hint at unconscious biases at academic institutions where the researchers work.

According to a report released in April, American women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to Reuters.