Drew McManus has produced his indispensable annual account of orchestral salaries, based on IRS returns.
The 2013/14 list has more coherence than some past charts in which orchs tried to bury the cash by means of creative accounting and privacy claims. Some hidden benefits may still be excluded.
The top pay chart looks like this:
1 Deborah Borda, Los Angeles Philharmonic $1,586,820*
(*includes presidency of Hollywood Bowl)
2 Mark Volpe, Boston Symphony $852,607
3 Allison Vulgamore, Philadelphia O. $733,242
4 Gary Hanson, Cleveland O. $646,813
5 Deborah Rutter, Chicago Symphony $633,619
6 Matthew Van Besien, NY Phil $626,489
7 Brent Assink San Francisco Sym $557,312
No-one else breaks half a million.
Good to see three women in the top five.
Full report here.