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bookcareers.com Salary Survey Results 2017

These are the headline results from the bookcareers.com Salary Survey 2017
sponsored by Inspired Search & Selection Ltd.

All statistics are taken from the bookcareers.com Salary Survey 2017 and are the copyright of bookcareers.com.  The full report is now on sale.

Respondents completed an online form, between June and July 2017.   The form was advertised to all those registered with bookcareers.com and the link circulated widely through all trade associations and across social media.

We received a total of 1023 valid responses.

We really must thank everyone who responded and contributed to this data –
without your help and trust in us this survey would not be possible.

84.6% of respondents were female, 15.2% were male.

In 2013 81.8% of respondents were female, 18.2% were male
In 2008 82.9% of respondents were female, 17.1% male
In 2004  78%  of respondents were female, 22% male

AVERAGE SALARIES
The average overall salary was £32,228 up 11.7% on 2013 (£28,661).
This is the average of all full-time respondents earning between £16,000 and £90,001 p.a.

* The average starting salary is calculated on those who are 19-23 years old, who have been in the industry for less than a year and in their  current job for less than a year.

* The average starting salary was  £20,470 up 13.2% from £17,775 in 2013, which had previously only risen 2.8% from 2008 (£17,300).

The disparity between entry level pay and the average overall pay has dropped from 61.2% in 2013 to 36.5% in 2017.  In 2008 the percentage difference was 43.8%.

76.3% of the respondents are 35 years of age or younger,compared to 2013 when 80.2% of the respondents were 35 years of age or younger.
In 2008 82.8% of all respondents were under the age of 35

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DIVERSITY

*90.4% of all respondents classed themselves as White, British. In 2013 93.7% of all respondents classed themselves as White, British.  In 2008, where we first started collecting diversity data, the percentage of White British was 90.7%, so 2017 marginally gives us our most diverse figure yet, but this is not to be celebrated and the hard work and campaigns by Equip and Creative Access must continue so that employees of publishers represent the way that society is today.

AVERAGE MALE V FEMALE SALARIES
Men are still being paid more than women, the current gender pay gap is 15.7%. However, after analysing this gender gap in detail it appears for a number of reasons.
Whilst there were 9 fewer men who responded to the 2017 salary survey, there were over 100 more women respondents.  Even using weighted figures (not published) the same pay disparity was present.  The survey results indicate that the gender pay gap is occurring because the majority of men tend to be employed in management or senior roles, and the majority of women appear to be in lower roles, which are paying less.  Where men and women are performing equal roles, the gender pay gap is negligible, and in some cases women are getting paid more than their male counterparts.
In 2013 the gender pay gap was 16%, up slightly from 15.4% in 2008, but improved on 18.1% in 2004.
However, for an industry where 84.6% of respondents are women, it is disappointing that a gender pay gap occurs at all.

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Average salary by Gender Male Female %
2017 £37,199 £31,336 15.7%
2013 £32,299 £27,832 16.0%
2008 £27,973 £24,234 15.4%
2004 £27,209 £23,035 18.1%
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bookcareers.com Salary Survey 2017
Average Salary by Age
Base £32,228
19-23 £21,034
24-26 £23,873
27-30 £29,770
31-35 £34,879
36-51 £46,334
51+ £47,890
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bookcareers.com Salary Survey 2017
Average Salary by Size of Company
1-10 £26,707
11-30 £29,920
31-50 £29,362
51-100 £30,411
101-250 £31,753
251-500 £37,652
501-1000 £35,117
1001+ £33,538
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bookcareers.com Salary Survey 2017
Average Salary by Area of Publishing
Academic £31,330
Business/Professional/Legal £32,603
Children’s £30,768
Educational £31,550
ELT £33,219
Reference £32,038
STM (Science, Technical, Medical) £35,030
Trade £32,624
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Bookcareers.com Salary Survey 2017
Average Salary by Location
Central London £32,738
Greater London £32,874
Oxfordshire £32,314
South and South East England £31,333
South West England £27,089
Midlands and East Anglia £30,821
North England £33,163
Wales N/A
Scotland £23,397
Northern Ireland N/A
Republic of Ireland £34,275
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bookcareers.com Salary Survey 2017
Average Salaries of Selective Job Titles.
A complete list appears in the full report along with background details, bonuses and additional data.
Job Title 2017 2013 % change
Editorial Assistant £21,404 £19,901 7.02%
Literary Agents Assistant/Agents Assistant £21,700 £21,375 1.50%
Production Assistant £20,988 £22,300 -6.25%
Rights Assistant £22,433 £19,449 13.30%
Marketing Assistant £20,889 £19,449 6.89%
Assistant Editor £24,196 £22,561 6.76%
Production Editor £23,440 £23,925 -2.07%
Production Controller £26,381 £25,978 1.53%
Desk Editor/Copy Editor £23,577 £21,700 7.96%
Managing Editor £33,377 £30,043 9.99%
Commissioning Editor £31,752 £30,731 3.22%
Marketing Executive £24,473 £22,689 7.29%
Press Officer £23,300 £23,696 -1.70%
Marketing Manager £33,479 £31,005 7.39%
Production Manager £37,320 £35,898 3.81%
Rights Manager £35,721 £32,058 10.25%
Sales Manager £34,939 £39,585 -13.30%
Publisher £54,643 £55,182 -0.99%
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