New York’s new Pay Transparency Act gives us an uncharacteristic view of the salary range for game developers. Rockstar, Ubisoft, Take-Two, Epic and other companies have offices in New York and are required to disclose salary ranges for all open positions starting this week.
Axios did us a favor and went through a bunch of job postings to give us salary ranges for some of these positions. The best jobs can bring in over $200,000, while the worst jobs are part-time jobs for minimum wage in New York.
Since Rockstar, the highest paid product lead job has been ($163,000 to $184,000). Next came the voice director ($123,000 to $144,000), then the physics programmer ($121,000 to $142,000), and then the cheat analyst ($103,000 to $120,000). The position of junior dialogue designer is only worth $50,000 to $57,000.
Epic Games offered the highest potential salary out of the group, with a senior product manager for Unreal Engine potentially earning up to $242,000. However, there appears to be a significant range at Epic as the position starts at $187,000. A Content Policy and Operations Manager can earn between $159,000 and $206,000.
Take-Two had several vacancies. A Senior Systems Engineer at Ghost Story Games can earn between $121,000 and $142,000, while a Human Resources or Marketing Director at Private Division can make between $170,000 and $198,000, and a Proactive Security Software Engineer can start at $158,000 up to $214,000.
Activision posted one job posting for a Senior Sales Manager that started at $77,000 and went up to $114,000, and Ubisoft posted one part-time job for a Demo Stand Agent that started at $15 an hour, which is the minimum wage. payment in New York.
Axios notes that similar pay transparency laws will go into effect next year in California and Washington, allowing us to get payroll data across a wide range of the gaming industry. Valve, Bungie, Microsoft, Nintendo, EA, Activision, Riot and many other companies operate in these states. Transparency is a key requirement for many of the new unions emerging in the gaming industry. It’s nice to see that the law is on the side of the trade unions.