Pay Gap Still Present in Media Jobs

The pay gap between men and women in the news media business has narrowed in the last quarter century but not gone away.

That’s the finding of recent analyses conducted by the NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America.

The analyses centered on pay practices at Dow Jones, The New York Times and Philadelphia’s daily newspapers.

Through the end of 2015, women were being paid 86.8 percent of the salaries of male colleagues. Minorities at those companies also are making on average less than white men in comparable jobs or with similar experience.

Workers covered by union-negotiated contracts are paid equally based on years of experience. Managers, however, decide where new workers will fall on the scale. Employers also have the option of paying more than the minimum salaries the scales set. That’s where much of the pa disparity is found.

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