Why residents don't feel fairly compensated

Eighty-six percent of residents who do not feel fairly compensated said it's because their compensation does not reflect their work hours, according to Medscape's "Resident Salary & Debt Report 2023."

The report included 1,000 respondents across more than 29 specialties. Of those surveyed, 76 percent said they do not feel fairly compensated.

Here is why residents said they are dissatisfied with their income: 

Compensation doesn't reflect work hours — 86 percent

Compensation not comparable to other medical staff ( e.g., physician assistants, nurses) — 84 percent

Compensation doesn't reflect required skill level — 76 percent

Compensation doesn't meet cost of living — 64 percent

Inadequate benefits coverage — 27 percent

Other — 6 percent

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