A new study by Pew Research Center shows that the pay gap between PR practitioners and journalists has jumped over the past decade, with PR folks now making nearly $20,000 more a year than reporters.
Broken out, thanks to the Huffington Post, a journalist makes 65 cents for every dollar a PR person makes. (But, unlike Huffington’s headline, this is not what makes me depressed.)
Hmmm…what does that remind me of?
Oh, I know…the gender pay gap!
As of the 2012 U.S. Census, women made 77 cents for every dollar a man made. That is, unless you were an African-American woman or Latina, then you only made 69 cents and 58 cents, respectively, as compared to a man’s dollar. Oh, and the only occupations in which women out-earn men is personal care and service work, including butlers, valets, shoe shiners and house sitters.
But don’t worry – this post is not going the way of Lean In.
It’s actually more of a note in relation to the story that came out last week asking “why are there so many women in public relations?”
Well, aside from the chance to be strategic and creative, please see the first sentence of this post.
I’m proud to be in a majority female industry. And sure, while we welcome men (Hi, Scott!), let’s keep the women coming into the industry by the truckload!