Orchestras across the country are facing or recently have undergone cuts in musician pay and benefits. Here is a look at several, with salary figures shown as average minimums.
|Orchestra||Average minimum salaries (2011-2012)|
|Chicago Symphony *||
xTwo-day strike Sept. 24-25, the first in 21 years, ends with musicians paying twice as much for health care and getting 4.5 percent raises over three years.
|San Francisco Symphony*||$141,700|
|New York Philharmonic||$134,940|
xMinnesota Orchestra is currently the eighth highest paid, and would drop to 18th under management's proposed cuts.
xThe first major orchestra in the nation to declare bankruptcy (in spring of 2011), it emerged from bankruptcy protection in July.
xIn 2011, musicians agreed to a 10 percent salary cut from $110,800, frozen until 2013.
|Atlanta Symphony **||
xSalaries reduced from $81,460 last season to $73,876 after a two-week lockout ending Sept 24. Musicians also gave up year-round salaries, and their numbers will decrease from 93 to 88.
|St. Louis Symphony||
xFollowing two months of canceled concerts in 2005, the symphony lost several musicians. In June 2012, the orchestra reached a new four-year agreement ahead of schedule, with 1.25 percent salary increases over the next five years.
xAfter a six-month strike ending April 2011, musicians took a 23 percent salary cut over three years. Number of musicians decreased from 96 to 81, with four positions reinstated over the next few years.
|Indianapolis Symphony **||
xMusicians locked out since Sept. 10. Latest contract offer is $53,000 in the first year (a 32 percent cut), increasing to $70,000 by year five. Orchestra size reduced to 74 members, season to 42 weeks.
xWith bankruptcy looming in 2010, pay was frozen, then cut by 27 percent over the next two seasons.
|San Diego Symphony||$57,708|
|Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra||
xCurrently playing and talking (no contract in place). Musicians have offered to take 3 percent cut, management is asking for 20 percent, plus a shortened season, from 37 to 33 weeks.
* Orchestras that have had contract settlements within the last year that include small raises or freezes for 2012-13.
** Orchestras that are currently settling concessionary contracts.
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