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Table 1 Physicians’ characteristics by region in 2015

From: The salary of physicians in Chinese public tertiary hospitals: a national cross-sectional and follow-up study

Items Total N = 17,615 East N (%) Central N (%) West N (%)
Age, years
  ≤ 30 4434(25.2%) 1858(25.2%) 1026(22.2%) 1550(27.6%)
 31–40 7970(45.2%) 3316(45.0%) 2162(46.8%) 2492(44.3%)
 41–50 3753(21.3%) 1632(22.1%) 971(21.0%) 1150(20.5%)
  ≥ 51 1458(8.3%) 565(7.6%) 462(10.0%) 431(7.7%)
Years in practice
  < 10 10,076(57.2%) 4188(56.8%) 2553(55.2%) 3335(59.3%)
 10–19 4300(24.4%) 1848(25.1%) 1144(24.8%) 1308(23.3%)
  ≥ 20 3239(18.4%) 1335(18.1%) 924(20.0%) 1335(18.1%)
Education
 Bachelor’s degree and below 5145(29.2%) 1612(21.9%) 1028(22.2%) 2505(44.5%)
 Master’s 8242(46.8%) 3337(45.3%) 2489(53.9%) 2416(43.0%)
 Doctorate 4228(24.0%) 2422(32.9%) 1104(23.9%) 702(12.5%)
Technical title
 Resident 5589(31.7%) 2241(30.4%) 1344(29.1%) 2004(35.6%)
 Attending 6122(34.8%) 2665(36.2%) 1627(35.2%) 1830(32.5%)
 Associate chief 3572(20.3%) 1488(20.2% 995(21.5%) 1089(19.4%)
 Chief 2332(13.2%) 977(13.3%) 655(14.2%) 700(12.4%)
Management position
 Yes 2422(13.9%) 982(13.3%) 702(15.2%) 758(13.5%)
 No 15,173(86.1%) 6389(86.7%) 3919(84.8%) 4865(86.5%)
Specialty
 Internal medicine 4905(27.8%) 2098(28.5%) 1427(30.9%) 1380(24.5%)
 Surgery 3303(18.8%) 1431(19.4%) 952(20.6%) 920(16.4%)
 Obstetrics 2661(15.1%) 1156(15.7%) 717(15.5%) 788(14.0%)
 Paediatrics 1407(8.0%) 442(6.0%) 332(7.2%) 633(11.3%)
 Emergency medicine 744(8.0%) 327(4.4%) 145(3.1%) 272(4.8%)
 Traditional Chinese medicine 812(4.6%) 334(4.5%) 182(3.9%) 296(5.3%)
 Otolaryngology 935(5.3%) 371(5.0%) 228(4.9%) 336(6.0%)
 Anaesthesiology 778(4.4%) 312(4.2%) 180(3.9%) 286(5.1%)
 Ophthalmology 536(3.0%) 298(4.0%) 107(2.3%) 131(2.3%)
 Stomatology 693(3.9%) 300(4.1%) 169(3.7%) 224(4.0%)
 Other 841(4.8%) 302(4.1%) 182(3.9%) 357(6.3%)
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