How much is everyone around you getting paid? This is a question many of us at work privately wonder, and now, a group of TV professionals actually get to find out.
On Tuesday, an anonymous Google spreadsheet was being shared widely for entertainment employees, such as writers, assistants, script coordinators, and producers, to share their actual salaries and pilot quotes. The form lets employees see how much their peers could be earning by their gender, race, years of experience, title, and employer, among other factors. The unnamed author of the document called the initiative a “good faith project” that would helpful for employees to “cross check” information they may already have.
The pay-transparency initiative follows a report of huge gender pay gaps between actors. According to the Hollywood Reporter, actress Michelle Williams made nearly ten times less than her costar Mark Wahlberg for the movie “All the Money in the World” — $625,000 for her work to Wahlberg’s $5 million. Pay-transparency databases aim to stop these gaps by letting more people know what’s a typical standard of pay.
Some states, including New York and California, have made their own regulations to address the gender pay gap by making it illegal for a company to prevent its employees from discussing their pay. For employees lacking legal safeguards, however, making an online database is one method to discreetly gather information about your salary, so that you can make better informed decisions about your career.
Before you decide to make your own pay-transparency database about your workplace, there are pros and cons you should consider:
Pro: shared online documents reach more people
The medium that hosts the information informs the message. By sharing pay information through collaborative online documents, employees can keep their identities private while spreading the knowledge publicly and quickly.
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