Game developer salary survey shows that despite rising numbers, gender gap still exists

The number of active women in the game industry continues to rise, but the wage gap between men and women is still prevalent, according to Game Developer Magazine's 2012 survey.

According to the survey's findings, women average a higher salary in only one of seven categories: programming and engineering. Based off those who responded, programming and engineering also has one of the lowest rates for females in the profession with four percent. This low percentage was also true for audio developers, where men make up 96 percent of the responders.

The survey also revealed that of those polled, women are most likely to be producers in the industry at 23 percent, a 7 percent increase from the previous year. According to the survey's findings, historically speaking, producing has a larger amount of women in the profession. The average salary for a woman, however, was $78,989, while men, 77 percent, averaged $85,591.

Women were almost most commonly artists or animators with 16 percent of survey participants. Games designers were a close second with 11 percent.

The number of female survey participants increased overall, with game producers weighing in as the biggest increase. Check out the 2011 results here, or the 2012 results here.

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