Apparently, it pays to be gay and married.
According to recent data released by the U.S. Treasury, annual household income for married gay men in 2014 came in at, on average, $176,000, vs. $113,000 for heterosexual couples. That’s a huge 56% difference. Add kids into the family mix and the difference is even more stark, with gay couples taking home $275,000.
By the same metric, income in traditional marriages also lagged that for lesbian couples, which earned an average of $124,000 annually.
Cost-estimating website HowMuch.net created this chart to show the entire range of incomes and to give some added perspective on the divide:
As you can see, male-male couples are almost twice as likely to make more than $150,000 than straight couples. Of course, the sample size of gay couples is relatively small. In 2014, the number of same-sex joint filers was 183,280, which represented only 0.35% of all U.S. joint filers.
Needless to say, there are many factors at play that contribute to the differences. For one, gay couples, as the New York Times points out, tend to be more clustered in metropolitan areas along the coast where there are more high-paying jobs.
But, even more importantly, there’s also the gender pay gap working against same-sex and lesbian couples. Two male salaries is better than one. Or none.
This article was originally published on Marketwatch.