As California becomes the latest state to enforce pay transparency law, video game companies in the state are sharing salary information in job postings. But some of the newly available salary information includes wide pay ranges for positions with some spanning six figures. The revelations have raised questions among game developers and other industry stakeholders: Chiefly, how and why can one role offer such dramatically different salaries?
As of Jan. 1, companies in California with more than 15 employees are required to provide salary ranges in job listings and make that information available to existing employees as well. Companies could face fines of $100 per employee if they fail to comply. Washington, New York and Colorado have enacted similar pay transparency measures.