No Money In The Arts? There Is If You Learn A Trade

Last week’s short lived stagehand strike that forced the cancellation of the opening of Carnegie Hall’s fall season has turned up some interesting news about who is really making money in the arts.

The labor dispute has been resolved, but not before shining some light, probably not welcome, on the salaries of the Hall’s top earning stagehands.

Look at these compensation figures from 2012:

Head Props: $464,632
Carpenter: $441,223
Electrician: $425,872
Electrician: $395,207
Carpenter: $371,813

Five of Carnegie Hall’s top earning employees were card holders in the stagehands’ union.

They all made more than the director of finance, number 12 on the list.

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