In the US, that’s easy. The figures are in the public domain and widely discussed. $1.4 million is the current top rate, apparently.
Britain and other European nations are more secretive about these things. But they can be found.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra filed its annual accounts today and a copy was promptly sent my way.
The least adventurous of UK ensembles, conducted at present by Charles Dutoit, the RPO showed turnover up 15% at £10.05 million and pr-tax profits ip 88% at £1.15 million. The latter figure is about £100,000 in excess of the orchestra’s Arts Council grant. Perhaps the Council should ask for its money back.
Be that as it may, the orchestra is beating the global recession y establishing residencies in such wealthy spots as Montreux, Switzerland, and Qebala in Azerbaijan.
Which brings us to remuneration. The report turns a little coy, telling us that two directors received joint emoluments of £205,362 plus pension contributions of £11,910, and that one of them ‘fell within the range £180,000-190,000’.
Seven years ago, the average pay for a London orchestra manager was £60,000. It looks like the RPO is driving wage inflation vertifcally up.
Hats off to Ian Maclay, the RPO’s CEO. Read the full report here: RPO 2011-0331
UPDATE: Here are the other London orchestral manager salaries from the latest accounts: