Women journalists make 17% less than men


The median salary of women journalists is 83 percent of their male counterparts’ pay, Monica Anderson reports for Pew. That’s in line with the national pay gap: “the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that median hourly earnings for all women in 2012 amount to 84% of what a man makes,” Anderson writes. Anderson’s report draws on the most recent Indiana University survey of journalists.

Ken Auletta reported Thursday that ousted New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson made a $475,000 salary in her first year in the top job. That’s 85 percent of what Auletta reports her predecessor, Bill Keller, was making that year.

Anderson gathers other stats from the annual ASNE census: At newspapers, the percentage of women has “barely budged,” she writes, and the percentage of women in supervisory positions has gone up a whopping 1 percent since 1998. Minority representation isn’t really taking off, either.

Thanks to @maryfduffy for bringing up the math on the Abramson/Keller salaries.

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  • John McClelland

    The improvement from 64 percent to 83 is still too little, but it is good news indeed compared to executive comp-and-perks generally or specifically to the news industry’s wretched overall performance on diversity in 4 decades.
    I left the pre-management fast track in 1972 to help organize a Guild chapter when I learned how badly our big corporate employer was paying a better-qualified, better-performaning woman.
    Later as management elsewhere, I was frustrated by our inability to attract or retain substantial numbers of qualified minorities or even to attract, train and retain those who needed help getting fully qualified.
    Then I taught 2 decades at a university that always offered a hand-up, and saw the lingering effects of unequal earlier education. My retirement activity with the Association of Opinion Journalists (http://opinionjournalists.org) lets me help its necessarily small diversity and minority-writers programs. Even in otherwise effective do-good organizations, our society still has a long way to go on fairness and inclusivity.