In reflecting upon the results of the Americans for the Arts salary survey three things arise for me. The first is the issue of wages. The second is the issue of demographics; both of which are immediately addressed in the Executive Summary for the piece. The third issue that derives from the first two is the question of relevance.
When we address the first issue, that of wages, the question that surfaces for me is, relative to what? When we examine our wages in relationship to each other are we perpetuating a construct in which not enough becomes normative? I am completely alert to the fact that I am constrained when contemplating wages and wage increases for my staff, knowing that each worker will add to a cost structure that is difficult to sustain. And, if I am not able to pay reasonably well, I am unlikely to attract and retain the talent that will help to create the mission impact my organization aspires to. Read the rest of this entry »