I understood that one of the problems facing US orchestras was the high salaries paid (at least in comparison to those elsewhere). The Musicians Union in the states has also, over successive generations, ensured that working hours are reduced and any extras are handsomely remunerated; one of the reasons why for many years so few recordings were made with american orchestras. Reductions in patronage mean that these generous conditions are no longer tenable.
For example, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has recently ended a 6 month strike. Under this deal, orchestral salaries will be reduced from the current minimum of $104,650 (about £64K) to $79,000 (£48K). The pre-deal figures are not out of line with salaries paid to other US orchestras.
Even the reduced salary is still substantially more than the starting salary for an orchestral player in the UK, even with our subsidies.
"I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square."
Lady Bracknell The importance of Being Earnest