"To flag my own genre here, "Six cents a word," should sound vaguely familiar to science fiction and fantasy writers, as that's the current going rate at the "Big Three" science fiction magazines here in the US: Analog (which pays six to eight cents a word), Asimov's (six cents a word "for beginners") and Fantasy & Science Fiction (six to nine cents a word). So, sf/f writers, in one sense you can truly say you're getting paid just as well as F. Scott Fitzgerald did; but in another, more relevant, "adjusted for inflation" sense, you're making five cents to every one of Fitzy's dollars. Which basically sucks. This is just one reason why making a living writing short fiction is not something you should be counting on these days."
John Scalzi draws the obvious conclusion: "... basically sucks. This is just one reason why making a living writing short fiction is not something you should be counting on these days."
I can't imagine trying to make a living writing short stories these days. There used to be some in Sunday magazine supplements, and in weekly magazines. I don't know that there's any place I would see short fiction that I would read on a regular basis other than the New Yorker. [although from time to time I've picked up one of the magazines listed above] I wonder what the New Yorker pays these days?