E. Sophie Spencer, M.D., from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues collaborated with the American Urological Association and surveyed its domestic membership of practicing urologists to examine socioeconomic, workforce, and quality of life issues. The survey included 26 questions and there were 848 responses (90 percent male and 10 percent female).
On bivariable analysis, the researchers found that, compared with male urologists, female urologists were younger, more likely to be fellowship trained, worked in academics, were less likely to be self-employed, and worked fewer hours. After adjustment for work hours, call frequency, age, practice setting and type, fellowship training, and advance practice provider employment, female gender significantly predicted lower compensation on multivariable analysis (P = 0.001). Among female urologists, adjusted salaries were $76,321 less than those of men. Gender did not predict job satisfaction.
“Female urologists are significantly less compensated compared to male urologists after adjusting for several factors likely contributing to compensation,” the authors write. “There is no difference in job satisfaction between male and female urologists.”