A new New York City law requiring employers to disclose salary ranges in job postings officially went into effect this week, with music companies hiring in the city mandated to comply. On the first day of the law, an image of at least one of the major music companies’ salary ranges has come into focus.
On the day the law went into effect, several companies were criticized for excessively wide salary ranges that effectively undermined the purpose of the ordinance, which was designed to give potential employees insight into what they could expect to earn at different companies in the city and address pay disparities between men and women and for people of color. That The Wall Street Journale.g, seconded reporting and producing jobs with ranges between $40,000 to $160,000; tech jobs at Amazon ranged from $88,400 to $185,000; while Citigroup initially posted some job openings between $0 and $2 million before revising them to a range of $59,340 to $149,320.
Among the three major labels, only Warner Music Group (WMG) appears to have complied with the law yet. The company has 11 job openings listed on its website across its three New York City locations, though 10 of them are for its spring 2023 WMG Emerging Talent Associate Program, a part-time paid internship program that lists a range from $15 to $30 per hour for between 20 and 25 hours per week. Its final opening, for a manager of digital marketing and content creation, is listed at between $58,500 and $70,000 annually.
Sony, meanwhile, has more than 40 openings in its New York locations across all of its operations, though not all positions appear to have salary ranges listed; most seem to ask applicants for a desired salary target as part of a standard release form through LinkedIn. (The law allows companies 30 days to comply after a complaint is filed before facing penalties. A representative for Sony tells Billboard the company will comply.) It lists starting salaries for its fellowship program, a 24-month position with a starting salary of $70,000 a year.
Universal Music Group has about 16 openings across various divisions in New York, many at their merchandising arm Bravado. Although each posting promises a “competitive compensation package, including salary, benefits and generous 401k savings plan with company matching,” none specify a salary range. (A representative for UMG did not respond to a request for comment.)
In the independent sector, several New York-based companies also have publicly traded ranges. Concord, for example, has three non-practice positions available in New York: a publishing attorney ($70K-$80K); a Release Sync Manager ($55K-$65K); and a director of business and legal affairs for publishing ($100K-$125K). BMG has two New York-based positions open: an Investment/M&A Manager ($80K-$90K) and a Senior Marketing Manager ($70K-$80K). Roc Nation has two music-related New York-based openings: one for a Senior Director of Event Sponsorships ($135K-$180K) and one for a Senior Director of Music Partnerships ($135K-$170K). A senior coordinator position overseeing royalties and income tracking at Kobalt pays between $45,600 and $57,000 in New York City.
Companies with three or fewer employees and temp agencies are not covered by the new requirement.