Female radiologists in Maryland make much less than male counterparts

In Maryland, annual compensation is lower for female radiologists than it is for male counterparts, according to new survey data collected by Merritt Hawkins.

The survey—performed on behalf of MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society—tracked data on physicians throughout Maryland. Average annual compensation for all male physicians was $335,000, compared to $224,000 for all female physicians.

 “The biggest disparities we see in compensation are between male and female physicians in Maryland,” Gene Ransom, MedChi’s chief executive officer, said in a prepared statement. “Though such disparities have been noted in other research, it is still surprising to see the extent to which they persist.”

“There is little difference in the starting salaries of male and female physicians in the contracts we see,” Jeremy Robinson, regional vice president with Merritt Hawkins, said in the same statement. “But clearly, physician gender income disparities are real.”   

According to radiology-specific data provided to Radiology Business, average compensation was $299,333 for female radiologists and $354,363 for male radiologists, a difference of more than 18 percent.

The good news for both male and female radiologists is that, as a whole, the specialty averaged a salary of $367,000 in 2017, up from $354,000 in 2016.