The Pay Gap In The Arts: We’re Second Least Worst!

Richard Florida has been getting a lot of attention for a breakdown that illustrates how big the gender pay gap is for workers across all sectors of the creative class: in all of those professions, men make $82,009 on average compared to the $48,077 women pull in. And the situation’s not much better in the arts. In the arts, design, media, entertainment, and sports, 47.5 percent are workers and 52.6 percent are men. And women in those fields make an average of $35,141 each year, compared to men who make an average of $50,382 — women earn 69 percent of what their male counterparts make. It’s true that some of this could be explained by a difference in the amount of work they’re putting in: women in arts, design, media, entertainment, and sports work an average of 34.4 hours per week, while men work an average of 39 hours per week. But women in the field also have slightly more education than their male counterparts, an average of 14.7 years to men’s 14.5. The rest of that adjusted-for-working-hours $9,400 disparity is coming from some place other than working mothers. And it’s a pretty sad distinction that it’s the second-smallest adjusted pay gap in all the fields Florida and his collaborators surveyed.