Salary and Jobs Survey
for women—a gap that was actually slightly smaller than in
2015, when the median compensation for men was $96,000
and $61,000 for women.
Even with a slightly smaller wage gap between men and
women, low salary was the top job complaint among women,
with 60% citing it as a major reason for their frustration at
work. For men, however, the top complaint was an increased
workload, which was cited by 49% of male respondents to the
survey. Low salary was tied with problems with management
as the second-most-frequently-cited work issues by men, with
43% of male respondents checking off both those issues
(employees could pick as many problems as they wanted).
Lack of advancement was the second-most-often-cited
problem by women, noted by 52% of female respondents, and
lack of recognition was cited by 45% of women as a reason for
frustration with their jobs. Only 38% of men cited those
issues as contributing to their unhappiness at work.
Overall last year, the median salary in publishing was
$67,000, up from $66,038 in 2015. As in 2015, the most frequently reported compensation range was between $40,000 and
The discrepancy in pay between men and women is due
partly to the higher concentration of men in high-paying
managerial roles and partly to the fact that male respondents
tended to have longer careers than female respondents. Among
male respondents, 43% had more than 20 years of experience,
whereas only 20% of female respondents were in that category.
There was an even greater preponderance of women in the
group of employees with less than 11 years of experience.
The average pay raise in 2016 was 2.7%, down only marginally from the 2.8% average raise reported in 2015. Here, women
did slightly better than men, receiving an average raise of 2.8%,
compared to 2.3% among male respondents. As in 2015, the
most common pay raise was in the 0.1%– 2.9% range.
Median Compensation by Job Type and Gender
Types of Raises Received
Cost of Living
10% or more
Management Sales and
$60K $57K $58K