While many occupations have demonstrated that the male-female pay gap is narrowing, a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association finds that male nurses make more per year when compared to their female nurse colleagues.
Researchers wanted to show the salaries of US male and female nurses over time—including a more recent sample.
Obtaining data from the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (1988-2008) and the American Community Survey (2001-2013), approximately 293,000 registered nurses working 50 weeks or more per year and at least 35 hours per week were surveyed. Demographic factors, experience, work setting, clinical specialty, job position, survey year, state of residence, along with other factors was also considered.
Statistical analysis from both surveys showed that male nurse salaries were higher--over $5,100 more on average per year than female colleagues in similar positions. This amount may vary among specialties and in various clinical settings.
There may be specific reasons that would explain the pay inequality among male and female nurses, so further research is necessary to help explain why this salary difference exists, and what can be done to help narrow the gap.
What do you feel are the contributing factors for male nurses receiving higher pay than female nurses?