1 in 10 cardiologists earn significantly less than their peers, here's why

New research shows few women specialize in cardiology and those that do earn 27.5 percent less than their male counterparts on average, according to Reuters.

The study, published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, used 2013 data from 161 practices, which encompassed nearly 2,500 male cardiologists and nearly 230 female cardiologists, according to the report.

In addition to finding that fewer than 1 in 10 cardiologists in the U.S. are women, the researchers found, similar to most professions, a gender wage gap persists. According to the report, female cardiologists are more likely to specialize in noninvasive cardiology, slightly less likely to work full time and less likely to take no on-call hours. They had an average salary of about $400,000 while men made more than $510,000 on average.

However, the report notes women would be making an average of just $31,749 more per year based on job and productivity characteristics.


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