... the AVMA starting salary calculator showing that looks at many factors. And that does NOT mean any female DVM should ask a practice owner for less money than her male peers.
Numbers about average earnings don't lie, but they also don't tell YOUR individual future in veterinary medicine.
For more than three decades the American Veterinary Medcial Association (AVMA) has been publishing the mean starting salary for new veterinarians, and these studies have clearly shown a gender wage gap: Women make less than men, whether they are new graduates, associates or practice owners.
Some of the gender gap can be explained by type of practice, location of employment and other factors, but not all of the gap can be explained by the factors for which we have data. For all U.S. college graduates who have indicated their starting salary in any employment opportunity prior to graduation, we can explain 71 percent of the variation in their salaries with the factors we currently measure. One of those has been, and continues to be, gender.
A new guide based on historical data
A new graduate starting salary calculator was first introduced to the profession in April 2015 in the 2015 AVMA Report on Veterinary Debt and Income and in a dvm360 magazine article, "How to predict veterinary compensation." The data is from 2001 to 2015 U.S. veterinary college graduates who provided information about their starting salaries. The tool indicates the degree to which statistically significant demographic variables -- things like gender, practice type, region, age, hours intended to work, degree, and whether an internship is sought -- correlate to starting salaries.
Female graduates have historically been paid $2,406.97 less than male graduates across the board.