dents were 21–29 years old, compared to only 4% of men. But
once men get in the industry, they stay: 43% of men reported
that they had worked in publishing for 20 years or more, while
only 23% of women had that much experience.
Little Progress on Diversity Issues
Although the topic of diversity has received more attention in
the industry over the past few years, responses to this year’s survey
suggest that only slight progress has been made. The share of
publishing employees who identified themselves as white/
Caucasian was 88% in 2015, hardly different from 89% in 2014.
The share of male respondents who are white was 94% in the
most recent survey, while 86% of women said they are white.
Given the stasis in bringing in more members of racial and
ethnic minorities into the industry, it is not surprising that only
30% of all respondents said they thought publishing had made
some strides in diversifying its workforce. More white respondents, 31%, said they thought some progress had been made
on the issue than nonwhite respondents, 21% of whom said
they believed there have been advances.
Survey respondents reported more progress in diversifying
the types of titles published by the industry. In 2015, 67% of
whites believed publishers released more titles aimed at minorities (up from 51% in the prior survey), while 57% of nonwhite
respondents said they felt the same (down from 66% in 2014).
The results are based on 483 completed online questionnaires
Salary and Jobs Survey
from publishing employees who subscribe to PW. The survey
was conducted July 14–August 4, 2016. Respondents to the
most recent survey were older and more experienced than
respondents to the previous one and more in line with results
from most earlier surveys. The average age of the most recent
respondents was 40, compared to 35 in the prior survey, and the
average number of years in the industry was 13, up from nine
a year ago.
Here are some other temperature-taking results from the
● Given the current state of the economy, 53% of respondents
feel somewhat secure in their current positions, 26% feel very
secure, and 20% are either somewhat insecure, very insecure,
● In the next two years, 38% of respondents expect to be in the
same positions at their current companies, and 21% expect to
be in higher positions at their current companies.
● 56% report that their companies are currently “holding steady,”
28% say they are “expanding,” and 15% are “retrenching.”
Have strides been made in improving diversity in the workforce? White/Caucasian Nonwhite
Yes 31% 21%
No 38% 47%
Don’t know 31% 32%
Have strides been made in improving title diversity?
Yes 67% 57%
No 16% 38%
Don’t know 18% 4%
Diversit y Issues
2015 2014 2013 2012
Verysecure 26% 31% 21% 19%
Somewhatsecure 53% 50% 53% 52%
Somewhatinsecure 14% 16% 21% 18%
Veryinsecure 6% 4% 5% 6%
● 48% of respondents report that their companies have acquired
a book by a self-published author in the past year (57% of trade
publishers have acquired a self-published book). ■