The only thing equal is the job title. Even though there are stories of editors like Anna Wintour and Janice Min pocketing seven-figure salaries, Folio magazine's annual compensation survey found that on average, male editors-in-chief made about $15,000 more than their female counterparts last year. Men with the titles of editor-in-chief or editorial director received an average of $100,800 compared to women with the same titles who received $85,100. The survey included 513 editors.
The pay gap was bigger at the next position on the masthead, with male executive editors getting paid an average of $84,200 while women with the title were paid an average $65,700. That continued down to next highest position with male managing editors making $5,000 more than female ones.
Folio editor Bill Mickey told us that the gap, was sadly, unsurprising in this year's results:
We don't have any further insight into that number, except that the gap has historically been about the same and I believe aligns with national trends across other industries. Incidentally, we see that same gap in just about every publishing discipline we do a salary survey for, unfortunately.
He's right. The gender pay gap is well-known and well-studied (here's the Census bureau's look), but that isn't helping it to go away.