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Women in Publishing Making $30,000 Less than Men.

This Publishers’ Weekly article made my stomach churn. In my agent interview series, I’ve asked the agents whether they think it is a detriment to be a woman in the publishing industry. Most have answered no, but the glum fact is that if you are a woman, you are being paid 60 cents on the dollar that a man earns. The average publishing salary for a man is $99,442 and $63,747 for a woman. Publishers’ Weekly identifies the huge divide in that editors, who are mostly women, are paid substantially less than the management side, comprised of mostly men.

Editorial personnel in the high-priced Mid-Atlantic region earn an average of $51,000, while management averages a much more respectable $140,000. Sales/marketing employees in the region average $69,000 and those in operations earn $60,000.

Is there anyone else who thinks this is backward and should be changed?

Via Galley Cat.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. MCHalliday
    Jul 26, 2007 @ 11:32:26

    Yes! I think this is outrageous…editors are part and parcel of the success of a good book. They are paid less because they’re women! And that makes my blood boil.

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