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Survey Finds Sexist Pay Gap in Gaming Industry

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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 Screwattack.com, 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 Criticker.com.

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