Comprehensive Findings Show Major Differences in Physician Pay Across Gender, Specialties, and Cities
SAN FRANCISCO, April 26, 2017 - Doximity, the leading social network for physician and advanced practice clinicians, today released its first annual Doximity Physician Compensation Report. This is the most comprehensive research undertaken to date on physician pay in the United States, and it found significant variations in average compensation, across 48 specialties, major cities, and gender. The report examined national, as well as local market trends across U.S. metropolitan statistical areas – a first in medical labor market analysis.
“As the largest medical social network, Doximity has unmatched insight into many of the important issues that impact the medical community. Considering that the cost of a medical education can be upwards of $250,000, sharing detailed data on compensation can be particularly helpful. Moreover, the trends identified in this report can provide all stakeholders a view into those areas of the medical labor market that require more attention,” said Nate Gross, MD, co-founder of Doximity.
Doximity’s physician compensation report is based on 36,000 verified physician respondents. It includes only licensed physicians in the U.S. who practice at least 40 hours a week. Key findings include:
Average Compensation for All Combined Specialties
Family Doctors / Primary Care Physicians
Gender Gap in Physician Compensation
“No matter what happens with health care reform, physicians will remain at the core of our health system. Policymakers and industry leaders must clearly understand how the marketplaces vary for men and women across the country and among medical specialties,” said Chris Whaley, PhD, lead author and adjunct assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. “Disparities in compensation directly affect the distribution of physicians around the country, which can impact patient care directly.”
Doximity’s study is drawn from self-reported compensation surveys of over 36,000 full-time, licensed U.S. physicians who practice at least 40 hours per week. The timeframe ranges from 2014-2017. Responses were mapped across metropolitan statistical areas, and the top 50 were ranked by the number of respondents in the data. For foreign-trained doctors, the subset includes U.S. citizens and nationals who have trained abroad. To control for differences in specialty, geography, and other provider-specific factors that might influence spending, we estimated a multivariate regression with fixed effects for provider specialty and MSA. We also controlled for how long each provider has practiced medicine and their self-reported average hours worked per week. This regression was estimated using a generalized linear model with a log link and gamma distribution. For the geographic and specialty rankings, we used the predicted values from this regression. For the national numbers on the gap between average gender pay and average pay location of where trained, percentage changes were converted to dollar values by taking marginal effects.
Doximity Media Contact:Jim Rivas
Founded in 2011, Doximity connects physicians and advanced practice clinicians to make them more successful and productive. Doximity is the largest secure medical network with over 70 percent of all U.S. physicians as members, enabling collaboration across specialties and every major medical center. Doximity is based in San Francisco and was created by the founders of Epocrates and Rock Health. To learn more, visit www.doximity.com