Sex Differences in Salaries of Department Chairs at Public Medical Schools


Michael Mensah, Whitney Beeler, Lisa Rotenstein, Reshma Jagsi, Joanne Spetz, Eleni Linos, and Christina Mangurian

March 2, 2020

Women in academic medicine are paid less than their male peers. This salary difference is often attributed to differences in rank and promotion. The goal of this study was to investigate whether sex pay differences exist at the highest ranks of academic medicine: among clinical department chairs. Given that department chairs are exceptional leaders who have reached the top rank of their specialties, we hypothesized that there would be no significant differences in salary between female and male department chairs.