Although female nurses outnumber male nurses 10 to 1, males still earn more than females, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 2011, males made up approximately nine percent of registered nurses, according to the Census Bureau. Despite males not being permitted to nursing programs at some schools until the 1980s, they have earned more overall. The largest pay disparity was for nurse anesthetists, with men earning $17,290 more than women. Male senior administrators also earned nearly $7,000 more than females on average. And in the ambulatory work setting, males earn over $7,600 more than women.
Although the study did not reveal the reasons for the pay disparity, some have suggested that “men have better negotiating skills.” Others believe the disparity could relate to women, as more senior nurses, choosing better shifts at lower pay. However, many believe gender discrimination could still be a cause. Whatever the cause, this study certainly reveals that continued efforts toward pay equality are needed in every job sector, even those dominated by women.