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The Best and Worst Publishing Jobs For Women

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What are the best and worst publishing jobs for women? 

For International Women’s Day 2019 we thought we’d take a look at the results from the last bookcareers.com Salary Survey and see what are the best and worst publishing jobs for women in the pay stakes –  the jobs where women got paid on average more than men or less than them.
84.6% of respondents to the survey were female.

The Winners

Job Title Average Male  Female % F v M
Publishing Director £70,737 £54,000 £73,128 26.2%
Key Accounts Manager £32,500 £26,000 £33,150 21.6%
Production Manager £37,320 £31,000 £38,900 20.3%
Marketing Assistant £20,889 £18,500 £21,571 14.2%
Production Controller £26,381 £23,745 £26,989 12.0%
Associate Literary Agent / Assistant Literary Agent £25,000 £23,250 £26,167 11.1%
Rights Manager £35,721 £32,477 £36,294 10.5%
Marketing Executive £24,473 £22,750 £24,654 7.7%
Commissioning Editor £31,752 £30,310 £31,963 5.2%
Publishing Co-Ordinator £23,625 £23,000 £24,250 5.2%

The Losers
On the other side of the coin, these are the 10 worst jobs for women in the pay stakes – where women got paid on average less than men.  It seems that once women get promoted to a senior or director level, with the exception of Publishing Director, they come off far worse in the pay stakes and they are often not paid on a par with their male colleagues.

Job Title Average Male  Female       F v M%
Publicity Director £55,875 £64,000 £53,167 -20.4%
Production Director £60,833 £71,000 £55,750 -27.4%
Literary Agent £27,333 £35,000 £26,375 -32.7%
International Sales Manager £36,080 £46,000 £33,600 -36.9%
Sales Director £88,800 £103,640 £70,250 -47.5%
Product Manager £43,800 £52,850 £34,750 -52.1%
Senior Editor £36,749 £55,000 £35,090 -56.7%
Rights Director £47,167 £75,000 £41,600 -80.3%

The full salary survey statistics along with over 200 tables of industry data can be found in the published report of the bookcareers.com salary survey 2017 (sponsored by Inspired Search & Selection).  Copies purchased directly from bookcareers.com are currently available at the special price of £375.

©bookcareers.com 2017.  All rights reserved.

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