Publisher’s Weekly has released data from its annual survey of the publishing workforce. Despite all the talk about diversity in literature, the publishing workforce remains overwhelmingly white. Of those who responded to PW’s survey, 89% are white, while only 1% are African American. The racial disparity also comes out in the question about whether or not the publishing industry has made strides toward increasing diversity. 21% of white respondents said yes, while only 16% of nonwhite respondents said yes.
Another striking statistic to come out of the survey is the pay disparity between men’s and women’s salaries. While the average male survey respondent earns a salary of $70,000, the average woman earns only $51,000.