In One Chart: Gay couples rake it in compared with their heterosexual counterparts

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:

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