Drew McManus has been doing the math and it looks like the San Francisco Symphony is leading the field for 2017/18, overtaking the swagger of the LA Phil.
Into Drew’s calculations, we have inserted the Met Opera orchestra, which now ranks 7th, a notch behind the National Symphony of Washington DC who have crept up out of nowhere.
Read more analysis from Drew here.
Here’s the league table:
1 San Francisco Symphony – base pay $166,400
2 Los Angeles Philharmonic $164,476
3 Chicago Symphony $159,016
4 Boston Symphony $153,400
5 New York Philharmonic $147,550
6 National Symphony $143,208
7 MET Orchestra $135,328.36
8 Cleveland Orchestra $135,096
9 Philadelphia Orchestra $134,420