Men in the “creative class” make nearly twice as much as women

That staggering stat comes from a new study explored in the Atlantic on the rise of women in the creative class.

graph on pay gap in creative class
Click for larger image.

Now, members of the “creative class” have it pretty nice. They have jobs that pay 60% more than average and that they’re less likely to lose during this unemployment crisis. Women in the creative class, who make an average of $48,077, are doing a lot better than many other people. But they are also making a whole $33,932 less on average than their male counterparts. Even controlling for differences in hours worked and education, men out-earn women by $23,700 or 49.2 percent in the creative class.

The study also broke the data down by occupation–and found that women make significantly less than men across all fields. Interestingly, the gap was largest in fields where women outnumbered men, like health care and law, and smallest in male-dominated fields, such as architecture, engineering, and computer and mathematical occupations.

So I guess maybe go into computer science, ladies? And today the Atlantic is breaking down how creative class women do in different states, so you can decided where to move after getting that fancy education. If you play your cards right, maybe your paycheck will only be $8,000 less than your male peers!

St. Paul, MN

Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

Read more about Maya

Join the Conversation