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Research Letter
March 24/31, 2015

Salary Differences Between Male and Female Registered Nurses in the United States

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Department of Health Policy and Management, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 3Department of Health Policy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
JAMA. 2015;313(12):1265-1267. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.1487

Fifty years after the Equal Pay Act, the male-female salary gap has narrowed in many occupations.1 Yet pay inequality persists for certain occupations, including medicine and nursing. Studies have documented salary differences across clinical settings for diverse cohorts of physicians2,3 and higher salaries for male registered nurses (RNs).4-6 In nursing, analyses have not considered employment factors that could explain salary differences,6 have been cross-sectional,4,5 and have not been based on recent data. The objective of this study was to examine salaries of males and females in nursing over time and to include a more recent sample.