In May 2019, EPA conducted an anonymous survey on salaries and benefits of its members, commissioned by the EPA Board of Directors and conducted by 5by5, an independent research firm based in Nashville.
The survey was a followup to a 2016 survey to see what has or has not changed. The survey was promoted through a postcard mailing to 650 individuals and three emails sent to 560 of the same individuals for whom we had email addresses. The contact list was made up of staff names from current EPA member publications, numbering more than 200. EPA does not know how many total workers are employed by all publications.
There were 154 responses to the survey, 24% of the targeted group. EPA does not know how many publications or which publications are represented in the survey.
The margin of error is +/- 7.775%.
The charts and statistics in this post reflect the key findings from the survey. For the downloadable report, click here, For the complete report as submitted by 5by5, including statistics not reported in this post, click here.
For the 2016 survey results, click here.
The next graph combines both charts from above. The light purple bar illustrates the percentage of all workers who perform some of these responsibilities, whether or not it is their primary job. For example, while only 3.9% of jobs are primarily Digital/Social Media (dark purple bar), 54.5% of jobs have at least some responsibilities in Digital/Social Media (light purple bar).
Salary Range - By Gender (Full-Time only)
- 2.9% of all full-time workers earn $100,000 or higher
- 50.0% are male | 50.0% are female
- 10.3% of all full-time workers earn $85,000 or higher
- 78.6% are male | 21.4% are female
- 20.6% of all full-time workers earn $70,000 or higher
- 71.4% are male | 28.6% are female
- 41.2% of all full-time workers earn $60,000 or higher
- 62.5% are male | 37.5% are female
- 60.3% of all full-time workers earn $50,000 or higher
- 59.8% are male | 40.2% are female
- 39.7% of all full-time workers earn less than $50,000
- 33.3% are male | 66.7% are female
- 17.6% of all full-time workers earn less than $40,000
- 29.2% are male | 70.8% are female
- 4.4% of all full-time workers earn less than $30,000
- 33.3% are male | 66.7% are female
- 52.2% of all full-time male workers earn $60,000 or higher
- 30.4% of all full-time female workers earn $60,000 or higher
- 10.4% of full-time male workers earn less than $40,000
- 24.6% of full-time female workers earn less than $40,000
The following chart shows the aggregate salary ranges for both female (light blue) and male (dark blue) and as a total.
The next three graphs illustrate salary ranges broken out by the three primary categories of full-time workers.
Key findings in comparison to the 2016 survey:
Summary: Salary levels increased all around, with female salaries making up a larger portion of the higher tiers, while still trailing male salaries.
- Female vs. male gender majority increased from 51.7% to 55.8% when considering both full-time and part-time roles
- Female vs. male gender majority increased from 48.6% to 50.8% when considering only full-time roles
- Full-time vs. part-time status increased from 83.1% to 88.3%
- 31% more people have roles in digital/social media as part of their responsibilities
- 23% fewer people have design roles as part of their responsibilities
- 20% more people earn $60,000 or more
- 20% more people earn $50,000 or more
- The primary full-time salary range increased from $30,000 -$59,999 to $40,000 - $69,999
- The percentage of males earning $60,000 or more increased from 25.3% to 52.2%
- The percentage of females earning $60,000 or more increased from 8.9% to 30.4%
- The ratio of female to male salaries increased in the higher tiers
- $60,000 or more: From 26.0% to 37.5%
- $70,000 or more: From 18.8% to 28.6%
- $85,000 or more: From 11.1% to 21.4%
- The percentage of females in management (compared to males) increased from 44.4% to 54.5%
Posted August 7, 2019