Yesterday’s claim that musicians at Frankfurt Oper were seriously underpaid, lying 27th in the national pay league, prompted us to call up some stats from the national orchestra association, DOV.
First, a German correction.
The Frankfurt Oper players are not 27th in the league. They lie 26th. Good to know that.
Now, here’s the top ten:
1 Berlin Philharmonic
2 Munich, Bavarian State Opera
3 Munich Philharmonic
4 Gewandhaus Leipzig
5 Staatskapelle Berlin
6 Bavarian Radio, Munich
7 SWR Stuttgart
8 Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden
9 Bamberg Symphony
10 NDR Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg
And how much do they earn?
Tutti players in the Berlin Philharmonic are paid on average 114,000 Euros (US$128,000, UK£98,000)
Bavarian State Orchestra, in second place, make 89,000 Euros.
Frankfurt, in 26th place, pays 76,000 Euros per head (US83,000, UK£64,000)
Fair? unfair? How do they compare?