And to those who want to poo-poo it ...
Keep in mind that salary attributes have a serious impact on those who are considering taking a given job. If freelancers see that they can get above-industry standards consistently through something like Kickstarter, that could very well be the deciding factor for writing for Onyx Path as opposed to writing for something like Paizo or Wizards.
Indeed. Keep in mind that part of why Rich does the Kickstarter is to help increase OPP's operating budget--and part of that goes to paying authors (and artists, and devs, and layout people, etc). The more he can pay the people who work for him, the better off everyone is, especially since we're a niche publisher with rates already below industry average.
As a recent grad who's been looking for work, thanks to all of you who chipped in! This is the best thing that's happened to me all week, seriously. You guys are awesome.