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‘PW’ salary survey finds no improvement in gender pay gap, diversity in US publishing

In the US, men who worked in publishing in 2015 earned an average of US$96,000 (A$127,310), compared to women who earned an average of US$61,000 (A$80,900), according to Publishers Weekly’s annual salary survey. This gender pay gap has remained unchanged over the past few years. The median salary for publishing employees in 2015 was US$66,038 (A$87,577), up from US$65,000 (A$86,200) in the previous year. The largest share of employees (28%) earned between US$40,000-$59,999 (A$53,046-79,567). Women, who accounted for 74% of all respondents to the survey, reported being frustrated with the ongoing pay gap. Sixty percent of women cited low pay as the biggest reason for job dissatisfaction, compared to just 43% of men. The survey also found that little progress had been made to improve diversity in the industry, with 88% of publishing employees identifying themselves as white/Caucasian, compared to 89% last year. The results were based on 483 online questionnaires completed by publishing employees who subscribe to Publishers Weekly. To read the full results, click here.


Category: International news