Women who work in the arts earn nearly $20,000 less per year than their male counterparts -- essentially the same wage gap across other fields in America -- according to a study published in the December issue of Social Currents. The study appears to quash the presumption that given the supposed liberal leanings of the arts, that its salaries would have parity among all workers. Nationally, women earn 79 cents for every dollar a man makes.
To gather the info, researchers used the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) to survey 33,801 individuals who have at least earned an arts degree. Of those surveyed, 7,680 worked as actors, writers, musicians, visual artists, dancers and designers in either the non-profit or for-profit worlds. Most respondents (around 16,000) had a degree but not longer work in the arts. The study, led by