Salary Transparency

Like many industries, the game industry has long had a pay discrimination problem: people from vulnerable or under-privileged groups tend to be paid less, often for the same responsibilities and work.

Pay transparency can mitigate this: if people know their peers’ pay, they can better advocate for themselves. Without that info they may not even know they’re being underpaid.

Due to my identity and seniority, I am able to take on risks that others may not be able to in the fight to make a more equitable industry. As part of that effort, I will maintain a comprehensive history of my pay and costs of living on this page.

Pay History

Below I’m listing every paying job and title I’ve had in the game industry. I wasn’t able to find complete information on everything, so some numbers are marked “unknown”, or with ~ to indicate that it’s an estimate.

Some notes: I’m lumping different types of bonuses (salary bonus, profit sharing, etc) into the single Bonus column. Similar, “Time Off” includes different types of time off (PTO, floating holidays, sabbatical) combined.

Full-Time Work

YRCOMPANYJOB TITLELOCATIONYEARLY PAYBONUSHEALTH INS.TIME OFF
’08-’09The Emergent Media CenterGame DesignerBurlington, VT$0No
’10The Challenge ProjectGame DesignerNear Boston, MA~$35k$0No
’10TurbineQA (Contract)Near Boston, MA~$25k$0No
’11TurbineQANear Boston, MA~$27k$0Yes
’11TurbineAssociate Systems DesignerNear Boston, MA~$30k$0Yes
’12TurbineAssociate Systems Designer Near Boston, MA~$33k$0Yes
’13TurbineAssociate Systems Designer Near Boston, MA~$37k$0Yes
’14TurbineAssociate Systems Designer Near Boston, MA~$40k$0Yes
’15BungieAssociate Production Engineer (Contract)Near Seattle, WA$43k$0Yes 6 wks
’16 Bungie Associate Production EngineerNear Seattle, WA$62k$0Yes 6 wks
’17Bungie Production EngineerNear Seattle, WA$76k~$5kYes 6 wks
’17 Bungie Senior Production Engineer Near Seattle, WA$97k~$6kYes 6 wks
’18 Bungie Senior Production EngineerNear Seattle, WA$110k$23kYes 6 wks
’19Bungie Senior Technical DesignerNear Seattle, WA$110k$24kYes 6 wks
’20Bungie Senior Technical DesignerRemote
Near Seattle, WA
$127k$36kYes 7 wks
’21BungieSenior Technical DesignerRemote
Near Seattle, WA
$150k$21kYes 7 wks
’22BungieSenior Activity DesignerRemote
Near Seattle, WA
$150k$29kYes7 wks
’23BungieSenior Activity DesignerRemote
Near Seattle, WA
$150k$27kYes7 wks
’24BungieSenior Activity DesignerRemote
Near Seattle, WA
$150kYes7 wks

Stock/Stock Options/RSUs

YR Company Liquid CompensationType Description
’17Bungie$0Stock OptionsGranted 900 shares of stock options. Exercise price per share $9.79. Vested 20%/year. If I exercised the option and bought them, I would be unable to sell unless there was a liquidity event (Ex: Buyout, going public).
’18Bungie$879Stock OptionsCompany bought back 27 of my stock options (exercise price: $9.79) at $42.29/share, for a total of $879 profit for me.
’20 Bungie$0RSUGranted a number of RSU shares, 50% vested immediately, another 12.5% every six months after. Requires liquidity event (Ex: buyout, going public). $0 deposited into my accounts.
’20 Bungie$0RSUGranted a large number of RSU shares, 37.5% vested immediately, another 12.5% every six months after. Requires liquidity event (Ex: buyout, going public). $0 deposited into my accounts.
’22Bungie$227kCompany BuyoutI received compensation for a portion of my Stock Options and RSUs due to the company buyout. The rest would be paid out over several years.
’24Bungie$58kCompany BuyoutBuyout compensation cont. (2023 was skipped)
’25Bungie$58kCompany BuyoutBuyout compensation cont.
’26Bungie$58kCompany BuyoutBuyout compensation cont.

Side Gigs

YEARCOMPANYJOBLOCATIONPAY
2020Champlain CollegeAdjunct Faculty (Teaching 1 3-Credit course for 1 Semester)Burlington, VT$4,120
2021Champlain CollegeAdjunct Faculty (Teaching 1 3-Credit course for 1 Semester) Burlington, VT $4,414