The Washington Post’s union says women make on average 86 percent of what men make

After it was asked by members to look into pay disparities at the Washington Post, the Washington-Baltimore News Guild says that women earn on average 86 percent of what men at the Post earn. Broken down by job, male reporters earn $7,000 more, male columnists earn $23,000 more, and male producers earn $4,000 more than their female counterparts. The disparities also go beyond gender, the union says: It found assistant editors who identify as people of color earn 15 percent less than their white counterparts.

+ But Washington Post deputy managing editor Tracy Grant disputes the union’s methodology for analyzing pay: “I think it’s unwise to look at the simple average or even the median because it doesn’t take into account such factors as experience … Furthermore the broad median figures don’t account for the nature of the positions. Without examining experience and role, it’s hard to draw any conclusions from these numbers” (Washington Post)