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.