Of all registered cohabiting couples, including married couples, male couples have the highest joint income. The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reports this on Friday. On the other hand, straight men earn on average 5,000 euros more than gay men.
For women, the latter is the opposite: women in a heterosexual relationship earn on average 14,000 euros less than women who have a relationship with a woman.
The average gross annual income of male couples is almost 16,000 euros higher than that of heterosexual couples, and compared to female couples, the difference is even 17,000 euros. The study only included couples whose oldest partner has not yet reached the state pension age.
Men earn more than women at all, although the average difference per year between heterosexual men and women (28,000 euros) is greater than between gay men and women (9,000 euros).
Correction for age, level of education and hours worked
Incidentally, the above comparisons do not correct for age, origin, number of hours worked or level of education. Homosexual men and women in this study, on average, appear to be higher educated and older, which can give a distorted picture.
After correction for age, education and origin, the average income differences between men are greater. Heterosexual men earn an average of 10,000 euros more than gay men. For women, the difference is smaller: women in a lesbian relationship appear to earn 9,000 euros more.
If, in addition, an adjustment is also made for hours worked, the difference appears to be slightly smaller on average. For men, this is 3,000 euros, with heterosexual men earning more. For women it is 1,000 euros, but in favor of heterosexual women.