The blue bar on this graph demonstrates where Pacific Symphony stands relative to orchestras in other cities. These orchestras are ranked by budget size, and no orchestras have been left out. Indianapolis Symphony is the orchestra with the highest budget on this list, and ranks 18th nationally. This places Pacific Symphony as the 22nd largest orchestra by budget size in the nation.
The orange bars represent the portion of the budget that is allocated to musician compensation. It is easy to see that not only does the Pacific Symphony spend less total dollars on musicians than any orchestra ranked between 18th and 28th in the nation, but also that the percentage of total expenses is the lowest in this list as well.