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Colorado: Study Shows Women Dominate OB-GYN field But Make Less Money than Male Counterparts

While women outnumber men as obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) practitioners, they still make significantly less money and the pay gap extends to subspecialties like reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI), according to a study co-authored by Amanda Allshouse, research instructor for biostatisics and informatics at Colorado School for Public Health.

“It’s interesting that the OB-GYN field is dominated by women and yet this gender inequality in pay persists,” said the study’s senior author Dr. Malgorzata Skaznik-Wikiel, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “Why the discrepancy?”

The study was published on-line this month in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

It showed that even after adjusting for variables like hours worked, years in practice, location, academic vs. private practice, female reproductive endocrinology and infertility subspecialists make on average $67,000 less than male REIs per year.

Pay inequity among physicians in well-documented. According to Doximity, an online social network for health care professionals, women doctors make about 27.7 percent less than male physicians or about $105,000.​

Read the whole story in the ColoradoSPH Newsroom.