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Survey Finds Sexist Pay Gap in Gaming Industry


Women are paid 86 cents to the dollar less than their male peers in the video game industry in the US, according to a survey put out by Gamasutra that focuses on game developer salary.

The survey found that the average salary came in about $85,000 for men and almost $73,000 for women in 2013; the overall average salary across the industry was $83,060, which was a decrease of 2% compared to 2012.  Women outpaced men in salary in only one field of the gaming industry: quality assurance, earning about $2,000 more that men, a 4 percent jump ($56,786 vs $54,456).

In the other six sectors of the game industry, women’s salary ranged from 6% less to as high as 31%. Those in programming and engineering saw a drastic decline where women earned 18.5% less than men in 2013 ($93,997 v.s $79,318), whereas in 2012 women earned 4.5% more than men.

While the gender gap in pay remains a consistent issue within the video game industry, women tend to fare better than the national average, which has women earning 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes nationwide in the United States, according to the 2012 census.

Sources: Polygon,gamasutra

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Corey MacDonald
Corey MacDonald
Corey MacDonald is a student of history, avid gamer and a science fiction fan. Corey graduated university with a history major and hoped to put it to good use, life had other plans. Wrote a blog for the gaming site, between 2008-2009, and before that, writing for his high school newspaper as a political commentator as well as the newspapers chief photographer. Also writes movie reviews for

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