Osmo Vänskä, who has given the last decade of his life to saving the Minnesota Orchestra got a 31 percent pay rise in 2016/17.
He earned all of $981,630, which still keeps him way out of the yacht-owning class and testifies to his admirable priorities.
Another maestro with much to his credit is Manfred Honeck at Pittsburgh. He was paid $978,542, some way off the top ten.
Are women getting equal pay? Apart from Marin Alsop, the only female conductor in the major league is JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic since 1999. She took home $352,500.