2016 Compensation Survey

In February 2016 EPA conducted an anonymous survey on salaries and benefits of its members, commissioned by the EPA board of directors and conducted by Sightline Research + Strategies, an independent firm.

The survey was promoted through a postcard mailing to 629 individuals and three emails sent to 589 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 approximately 220 publications. EPA does not know how many total workers are employed by all publications.

There was a 29% response rate (181 responses) to the survey, although not everyone answered every question. EPA does not know how many publications or which publications are represented in the survey.

Survey graphs that compare gender or full-time vs. part-time do not include responses from those who did not declare their gender or employment status.

The margin of error is +/- 6.4%.

The charts and statistics in this post reflect the key findings from the survey. For a summary report, click here, For the complete report as submitted by Sightline Research + Strategies, including statistics not reported in this post, click here.

UPDATE (Aug. 7, 2019): This survey has been repeated in 2019. Click here for results.













The next graph combines both charts from above. The green 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 2.8% of jobs are primarily Digital/Website/Social Media (purple bar), 41.6% of jobs have at least some responsibilities in Digital/Website/Social Media (green bar).







Salary Range - By Gender (Full-Time only)



  • 4.8% of all full-time workers earn $100,000 or higher
    • 71.4% are male  |  28.6% are female
  • 12.3% of all full-time workers earn $85,000 or higher
    • 88.9% are male  |  11.1% are female
  • 21.9% of all full-time workers earn $70,000 or higher
    • 81.2% are male  |  18.8% are female
  • 34.2% of all full-time workers earn $60,000 or higher
    • 74.0% are male  |  26.0% are female
  • 50.0% of all full-time workers earn $50,000 or higher
    • 65.8% are male  |  34.2% are female
  • 50.0% of all full-time workers earn less than $50,000
    • 34.2% are male  |  65.8% are female
  • 29.5% of all full-time workers earn less than $40,000
    • 32.6% are male  |  67.4% are female
  • 5.5% of all full-time workers earn less than $30,000
    • 12.5% are male  |  87.5% are female
  • 25.3% of all full-time male workers earn $60,000 or higher
  • 8.9% of all full-time female workers earn $60,000 or higher
  • 9.6% of full-time male workers earn less than $40,000
  • 19.9% of full-time female workers earn less than $40,000



The next three graphs illustrate salary ranges broken out by the three primary categories of full-time workers.












Posted June 10, 2016