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Orchestral salaries

Postby chuckwilson » Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:34 pm

This list comes from the 9/29/2012 issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Top 10 U.S. orchestras, ranked by average minimum salaries for musicians:

• Chicago Symphony $145,860
• Los Angeles Philharmonic $143,260
• San Francisco Symphony $141,700
• New York Philharmonic $134,940
• Boston Symphony $132,028
• Philadelphia Orchestra $130,780
• Cleveland Orchestra $121,281
• Minnesota Orchestra $109,304*
• Dallas Symphony $90,800
• Detroit Symphony $80,880


So those are the ones to aim for, right?!

http://www.startribune.com/local/171948761.html?refer=y
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Re: Top 10 orchestral salaries

Postby TMusic » Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:45 pm

I guess the Minnesota Orchestra will likely be cut though when they finally agree to a contract.
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Re: Top 10 orchestral salaries

Postby NeverQuaver » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:17 pm

Metropolitan Opera orchestra is missing above:

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Weeks: 52
Weekly salary: $2,039
Annual salary: $106,028

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012 ... usicians/2
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Re: Top 10 orchestral salaries

Postby bbcorno » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:45 pm

It's interesting to compare and contrast that list with Adaptistration's list of top 10 highest compensated Orchestra CEOs. (http://www.adaptistration.com/blog/2012/07/02/2012-compensation-reports-executives/)

Most notably, Atlanta Symphony's CEO is number four on the list, but the orchestra isn't anywhere near the top 10 in player compensation. I hope this sort of thing doesn't continue.
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Re: Top 10 orchestral salaries

Postby JJHarris » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:23 pm

Are the salaries quoted in the first post the actual amount received? I know some jobs have been known to advertise a package, which can be broken down to include health insurance benefits and sometimes even travel compensation.
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Re: Top 10 orchestral salaries

Postby ajeff63 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:59 pm

Interesting...I thought the NYP would top it...
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Metropolitan Opera Salary

Postby NeverQuaver » Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:59 pm

From the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ratified a three-year agreement that runs from August 1, 2011 and continues through July 31, 2014:

LENGTH OF SEASON: Remains at 52 weeks
WAGES: [2010-11]
Annual Salary* – [$134,902.96]
Weekly Salary – [$1,999.48]

2011-12
Annual Salary* – $138,562.32
Weekly Salary – $2,039.47

2012-13
Annual Salary* – $144,837.12
Weekly Salary – $2,121.87

2013-14
Annual Salary* – $141,672.40
Weekly Salary – $2,080.26

*Includes an estimated 300 hours of rehearsal (which varies individually) and is paid in addition to weekly salary.

YEARLY MEDIA SALARY (includes guaranteed revenue sharing):
[$12,000] $13,000 $13,160 $13,323.20

PENSION (Private): Remains at 2% per year of service to a maximum of 30 years of base year (2003-04)
salary.
ORCHESTRA SIZE: Remains at 90 musicians

VACATION: Remains at 10 weeks

INSURANCE: Out of pocket reimbursement percentage was reduced from 80% to 70%. In-network co-pays increase to $15 or $25 per visit [WAS: $10].

http://www.icsom.org/settlements/bullet ... pera12.pdf
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Salary

Postby NeverQuaver » Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:06 pm

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

On September 25, 2012, after a one-service strike, the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra ratified a three-year agreement that runs from September 17, 2012 through September 13, 2015 (this date is tentative as an exact date has not yet been established).

This agreement was ultimately considered to be a severe compromise.


LENGTH OF SEASON: Remains at 52 weeks

WAGES: [2011-12]
Annual Salary – [$144,820]
Weekly Salary – [$2,785]

WAGES: 2012-13
Annual Salary – $145,860
Weekly Salary – $2,805

WAGES: 2013-14
Annual Salary – $147,680
Weekly Salary – $2,840

WAGES: 2014-15
Annual Salary – $151,320
Weekly Salary – $2,910

PRIVATE PENSION: Remains unchanged at approximately $75,000 based on 35 years of service. Exact amount may vary according to individual’s start date, as the accrual rate was increased in 2007.

ORCHESTRA SIZE: Remains 111 musicians, including 3 librarians; however, up to 5 positions may remain unfilled during the term of this agreement.

Further details about Health Insurance, Vacation, Seniority Pay, etc at http://www.icsom.org/settlements/bullet ... go13-2.pdf
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Pittsburgh Symphony

Postby NeverQuaver » Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:15 pm

Pittsburgh Symphony


LENGTH OF SEASON: 52 weeks

WAGES: [2010-11]
Annual Salary – [$110,864]
Weekly Salary – [$2,132]

WAGES: 2011-12
Annual Salary – $100,110
Weekly Salary – $1,925.20

WAGES: 2012-13
Annual Salary – $100,110
Weekly Salary –$1,925.20

WAGES: 2013-14
Annual Salary – to be negotiated
Weekly Salary – to be negotiated

PENSION: Private Pension Plan remains in place and is capped at the $48,780 for fully those with 30 or more years of service; members with 5 to 29 years of service will receive 44% of base salary.
New hires with less than 5 years of service will move to a Defined Contribution Plan. Management will match an employee’s contribution at a ratio of 2:1 for a maximum of 5% based on a 2.5% employee contribution in 2011-12, 6% based on a 3% employee contribution

ORCHESTRA SIZE: Remains the same – 99 musicians plus 2 librarians

INSURANCE:
Health – Management offers a low, medium and high cost policy (individual and family coverage at 100%) and will continue to increase coverage spending by 5% per year.

More details at http://www.icsom.org/settlements/bullet ... urgh12.pdf
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National Symphony Orchestra

Postby NeverQuaver » Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:24 pm

National Symphony Orchestra

On September 3, 2012, the musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra were pleased to ratify a fouryear agreement that runs from September 4, 2012 through September 5, 2016.

LENGTH OF SEASON: 52 weeks (53 weeks 2014/15)

WAGES: 2011-12
Annual Salary – [$128,596]
Weekly Salary – [$2,442/$2,504]

WAGES: 2012-13
Annual Salary – $130,884
Weekly Salary – $2,517

WAGES: 2013-14
Annual Salary – $133,484
Weekly Salary – $2,567

WAGES: 2014-15
Annual Salary – $136,136
Weekly Salary – $2,618

WAGES: 2015-16
Annual Salary – $139,360
Weekly Salary – $2,680


PENSION: AFM-EPF increases from 8.75% to 9.54% with the adoption of the AFM rehabilitation plan.

ORCHESTRA SIZE: 96 (no change) – The Association agrees to hold at least three full auditions each season until at least 96 positions are filled by tenure-track musicians.

INSURANCE:
Health – New caps established on the amount health insurance premiums may increase before discussions between musicians and management about restructuring benefits are mandated, similar to the cap structure in the previous agreement. Beginning with the estimated 2013 premium rate as the starting point, there may be a 10% increase in 2014, 6% (noncompounded) increase in 2015, and a 7% increase in 2016 for a 3-year total increase of 23% above 2013 rates. There were also minor changes in language to comply with the Affordable Care Act which allows dependents to remain on their parents’ coverage until age 26.

The rest at http://www.icsom.org/settlements/bullet ... onal13.pdf
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