One of the biggest issues that can keep people from achieving true equality is the gender pay gap, where people of different genders get paid differently for the same work. For women physicians, they are getting paid much less. In fact, according to RevCycleIntellence.com, the pay gap was 26% in 2022. The women physicians earned almost $110,000 less than their male counterparts.
While we wait for the argument over pay gaps and equality to be settled in the courts of law and public opinion, there’s plenty women can do to empower themselves in the medical workplace. Negotiating your salary might seem a bit odd, especially if you are from a culture where your pay is what you get. However, a little negotiation can sometimes go a long way.
Here’s what you need to know whenever you want your anesthesiologist salary to be a little higher at your next job.
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Know The Market
If you have a lack of confidence about negotiating, or self sabotage by convincing yourself that you are asking for prices that are too high, then this will help you. Look around to see what other women in similar conditions to you are making. What’s the average salary for a physician of your skillset and experience?
Make sure to keep as many conditions close to the same as possible, and then get an idea of the averages that others are making. You can then pick a number between those averages and make that your negotiating goal when you reach out to the business.
Learn How You Negotiate Best
For many women, they do a very good job when it comes to talking about how they support a team. When they talk about the greater good and how they can help a company reach a better goal with their skills. Granted, this isn’t always the case, and you will need to do some research on negotiation styles and will have to see which one works best for you.
But the more you have confidence in how you negotiate, the better your results will be. As you look at negotiating styles, find what works best for you, mix and match when needed, and practice negotiating until you are confident.
Go For The Job
One of the best things you can do is remember that every job qualification is just a guideline in disguise. You might read that a job requires an advanced degree, ten years of experience, and for you to have experience in a certain field. What the job really wants are people who can do the job, do it well, and follow directions.
So don’t be afraid to just go for it and send in an application. The worst thing they can say is no, and at best you will still be given an opportunity to test out your negotiation skills!
Never Be Afraid To Ask
Negotiating for a salary can seem a bit intimidating, but remember, you will never get the salary you deserve unless you choose to ask for it. You can ask, have a conversation about your salary, and get the payment you deserve whenever you start working!