Developers, artists, and other workers in the video game industry are overworked and underpaid. That’s not a secret. What is usually a secret is the pay differences from one employee to the next.
Axios reports on how some game developers are taking it into their own hands to increase pay transparency:
Developers are sharing their salaries on Twitter under the hashtag #GameDevPaidMe to encourage pay transparency in their industry.
The hashtag started circulating last year, but has returned periodically as developers fight for better working conditions. Salary sharing is a way to equalize the field. By removing the secrecy, as well as the stigma, around discussing pay, workers have more power to advocate for themselves when negotiating salaries and raises.
#GameDevPaidMe— Jeremy Ernst (He/Him) (@tech_art_gent) May 8, 2021
About: White/cis m/late thirties/15 yrs. experience
>(2006)Monolith, animator – $50k
>(2008) Zombie, Technical Animator – $65K
>(2008) Epic Games, Technical Animator – $63K
>(2017) Epic Games, Lead Technical Animator – $150k
Current pay >$150k
Pay transparency is a major issue in the video game industry (and a lot of American industries). The lack of transparency gives employers a major advantage in negotiations with workers over wages and potential raises. Research also shows that it can lead to major pay disparities based on gender.