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Here’s the Percentage of Physicians Who are Working Part-Time in 2016

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Earlier this month, Medscape released its “Physician Compensation Report 2016,” and according to Carol Peckham over at the publication’s website, the report is based on information collected from “nearly 19,200 physicians in over 26 specialties,” who “disclosed not only their compensation, but also how many hours they work per week, how many minutes they spend with each patient, the most rewarding part of their job, changes to their practice resulting from healthcare reform, and more.”

We’ve broken down physician compensation from several different angles over the last several posts, including by specialty, geography, employment situation, and gender.

This time, we look at Medscape’s findings regarding how men and women are compensated based upon their practice situation (i.e., self-employed or employed).

“According to government data, the percentage of male physicians (65 percent) still considerably outnumbers that of females (35 percent), although women are catching up and are even surpassing men at younger ages,” Peckham writes.

Still, nothing much has changed from previous Medscape Physician Compensation Reports, she continues. Male physicians still top the compensation heap, and it doesn’t matter if they’re employed or self-employed.

Self-employed male physicians will earn $341,000 in 2016, while self-employed female physicians will earn $261,000. Employed male physicians will earn $277,000 in 2016, while employed female physicians will earn $217,000.

And, Peckham notes, “[t]he percentage differences in earnings between men and women do not vary much between self-employed (31 percent) and employed (28 percent) physicians. However, when looking at employed PCPs, where the playing field is more level, men still earn 15 percent more than women.”

The report also took a gender-based look at physicians who are working part-time, with part-time defined as less than 40 hours.

In 2014, 13 percent of male physicians were working part-time, and there was virtually no change in 2015, with 12 percent of male physicians saying they were working part-time. The same is true for female physicians. In 2014, 24 percent were working part-time, and in 2015, 25 percent of female physicians surveyed said they were working part-time.

“Of interest, given the current physician shortage, is the growing proportion of women entering the profession who are also working part-time,” Peckham notes.

As physicians who are looking for jobs, are you currently working full-time or part-time? If part-time, is this by choice or because of your employment situation? Also, why do you think compensation disparities still exist between male and female physicians?

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