Game Devs earning more, industry male dominated

Average 2012 US Game Developer Salary up to $84,000, GDMag 2012 survey

As noted by GameSpot this morning, the Game Developer Magazine's 12th annual Salary Survey has found the average salary to have increased by $3,000, from $81,182 in 2011 to $84,337 in 2012.

Unfortunately there is still a large gap between men and women in the industry. Men hold around 90 percent of the positions and earn considerably more, by as much as $30,000 as seen in the Audio employment category.

While gaming is comparatively still a young market, companies recognize the need to break the perception that the industry is unavoidably skewed for men. One such example is the annual Gamers in Real Life (G.I.R.L.) Game Design Competition, run by Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) this program seeks to inspire women's involvement in the industry by awarding a $10,000 scholarship. 

The women of the industry are coming together to voice their opinions in talks at places like GDC, where we can have constructive discussion about the way we make games and talk about why we should have strong female protagonists like Lara Croft in today's videogames. 

If you would like to read the survey findings in full, be sure to check out the Game Developer magazine, a digital copy of which can be purchased on

For the 2011 results, check here.


Chris Rainey, Columnist

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