The Gender Pay Gap Is Alive And Well In Cleveland Healthcare

By Ginger Christ
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Nationally, female doctors are paid 26.5 percent — or $91,284 — less than males. And, although the rate of pay disparity varies, there is no city or medical specialty in which women are paid more. The gender gap is especially off balance in Cleveland which has the 18th greatest gender gap in the country.

CLEVELAND, Ohio

Cleveland, a city where the healthcare industry as a whole is one of the largest employers, is not winning any awards for pay equality in the medical field.

Cleveland has the 18th greatest gender wage gap in the country. Here, female physicians are paid 27 percent — or $92,320 — less than their male counterparts, according to a recent study by Doximity, a social network for physicians.

Female physicians in Cleveland earn an average annual wage of $246,210, while men make $338,530.

Area hospitals couldn’t immediately provide wage information on local doctors. However, the Cleveland Clinic pays physicians an average $196,000 per year; University Hospitals pays $165,000 per year; and MetroHealth pays $156,000 per year, according to reviews on Glassdoor.

Nationally, female doctors are paid 26.5 percent — or $91,284 — less than males. And, although the rate of pay disparity varies, there is no city or medical specialty in which women are paid more.

“We always saw a gap present across geographies and specialties,” said Joel Davis, vice president of growth and analytics at Doximity.

The gap is largest in Charlotte, North Carolina, where female physicians are paid 33 percent less than males. Across specialties, women generally receive anywhere from 18 to 20 percent lower compensation.

Chris Whaley, lead author of the report and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, said it was “shocking” to review the results of the study in terms of gender and hopes the study will help inform the field.

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