Why US Women Dentists Earn 22% Less than Men Isn’t Clear


January 6, 2023 — A 22% pay gap exists between male and female dentists in the U.S., but why women continue to get shortchanged cannot be fully explained, according to a large study published on January 5 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Race, ethnicity, bilingualism, employment factors — including employee versus owner status — and household characteristics — including spouse or partner occupation — explain only about 27% of the income gap between men and women dentists, the authors wrote.”The income gap between sexes, although reduced over time, is now less explainable than in the past,” wrote the authors, led by Dr. Simona Surdu, PhD, co-deputy director of the Oral Health Workforce Research Center at the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY) in Rensselaer…

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