Fast Company’s Ben Paynter flags a study from HoneyBook, a business management and networking platform for creative entrepreneurs, which compared over 200,000 invoices submitted to clients through its platform and surveyed 3,100 users to find that women in this sector are earning about 32 percent less than their male colleagues:
The average male creative on HoneyBook makes $45,400 per year. Factor in that 32% reduction rate, and the average woman makes just $30,700 for similar services. Another issue is that many of those being underpaid may not be aware that a man doing the same job could get paid more by the vendor. Among those surveyed, the majority were sole proprietors who may be paying more attention to their business flow than standardized rates; 63% reported thinking that pay among genders was likely to be equal.