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Male game developers earn 25% more than females


4:15 PM on 04.08.2013
Surveys!! HELL YEAH!!!Male game developers earn 25% more than females photo



Though we often discuss the insensitivities that females face in the game industry (see above image), a recent survey conducted by Game Developer Magazine presents a more internal conflict: on average, male game developers earn 25% more than females.

Difference in wages can depend on experience, education, and many other factors, but some are quick to point to discrimination. It's certainly a factor and one we know all too well in this industry, but let's also remember that a 2012 survey found that women make 19.1% less than men, across all professions. A 6% drop from the average isn't anything to sneeze at, however, as asking for a 5% wage increase is a bold move in this economy. With this in mind, let's look at some of the more interesting results from Game Developer's survey.

  • Only 4% of programmers are female
  • Female artists/animators are paid 22% less
  • Female designers earn 19% less
  • Female audio professionals earn 65% less
  • Female QA testers make up 7% of the field and earn 25% less

Patrick Miller, who helped conduct the survey, had some more to add at Gamasutra: "Across all disciplines, the men we surveyed are more likely to have more experience. 623 male devs have over six years of industry experience, 426 devs have 3-6 years, and 284 have less than three years."

Let's at least agree it's a complicated issue.

Game Industry Gender Wage Gap Is Horrendous [Rock Paper Shotgun, Game Developer Magazine]






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