April Brings Us One Step Closer To Salary Transparency

April 2022 is the month where most employers in New York City will be required to post minimum and maximum salary figures for all job openings. We examined this topic in greater detail throughout the course of 2021 as it applies to nonprofit job openings.

Nutshell: salary transparency is a good thing for the orchestra sector. It doesn’t matter if it’s an actual salary or an hourly wage, posting the amounts provides workers the ability to understand why they are paid what they are, and it helps employers think long and hard about how they set those rates.

As of the date this article was published, 68 percent of listings at ArtsAdminJobs.com include either a salary range or the hourly rate. That ratio has been consistent throughout the course of the pandemic once employers started rehiring.

I’m curious to know more about how salary transparency is unfolding at your organizations. Is it limited to an executive level conversation or are you having a more inclusive discussion across the entire office? Take a moment to share in a comment below or at social media.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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