Dec 12, 2013 7:12 PM GMT
Draper saidOverall, men make more money than women, so two men in a relationship may have a higher income than a hetero couple. Gay men don't have the expenses involved raising children: food, clothing, entertainment, schooling, etc. The money is all theirs. But the article also explains that some gay men are employed in traditionally female occupations which pay less, so it's kind of contrary.
In the long run, a hetero couple may have less income over their lives depending on how much time off the woman takes from work after having a child or children. Also, hetero couples can have many kids compared to a gay couple who may only adopt one or two, or use a surrogate. But then again, adopting and surrogacy are very expensive. Hard to figure!
tckrguys saidAccording to the Experian Marketing Services Simmons LGBT 2-year study the median household income in the US is $66,400 and the average is $90,300.
If we break this down for gay men the median is $82,100 with an average of $106,000. Lesbians are below the total with a median of $61,800 and average of $84,500. We can also look at heterosexuals with a median of $66,800 and average of $90,800.
If we look at discretionary spend estimates gays fall in the $10,000 - $14,999 annual discretionary range with an average and median of $17,008 and $13,997.
Lesbians fall in the less than $7,000 category with an average and median of $14,200 and $11,656.
Heterosexuals are in the $10,000 - $14,999 range with average and median of $17,140 and $14,010.
So while gay men have a higher household income they are about equal with heterosexuals in the discretionary spend area and lesbians are lower for both household income and discretionary spending.