The University is increasing its minimum wage

March 21, 2022

In November, Tucson voters approved Proposition 206, which gradually increases the minimum wage over several years. Effective April 1, the minimum wage in Tucson will rise from $12.80 to $13.00 per hour.

The University has increased minimum wage for all student workers to $13.00 per hour effective March 21. For staff, the University has decided to go above the requirement and has increased minimum wage to $13.50 per hour. In the University Staff pay structure, Pay Grade 1 has been retired, and the minimum pay rate for Pay Grade 2 increased to $13.50.

We encourage all departments and units to consider how the new minimum wage will affect their budgets. Departments/units are responsible for funding the minimum wage increases.

Who is affected?

  • All staff who are paid less than $13.50 per hour.
  • All student workers who are paid less than $13.00 per hour.

Note: Graduate assistants/associates who receive supplemental compensation in the summer months must receive at least $13.00 per hour.

When will the changes take effect?

The pay adjustments took effect with the pay period that began on March 21.

Staff and student workers will see the changes appear in their April 8 paychecks.

What do business managers have to do?

To determine affected individuals in your unit, visit the Minimum Wage dashboard in UAccess Analytics. Please note that any staff member or student worker with a future-dated increase that has not yet been processed may appear on this report.

For current employees

Please notify your affected staff and student workers of this upcoming change. Workforce Systems will complete necessary pay adjustments in UAccess Employee.

For new hires

Pease ensure that new hires with an effective hire date of March 21 or later receive at least $13.00 per hour (student workers) or $13.50 (staff).


What if we have an open job posting with a minimum rate of less than $13.50 per hour?

The Human Resources Recruitment & Outreach Team will adjust open staff postings to reflect the new minimum wage of $13.50.

Is my department required to increase the pay of staff and student workers who are currently at or above the new minimum wage thresholds?

No. However, you may wish to evaluate wage compression issues. For guidance about compression issues, please email the Compensation Team.


Do you have questions about the minimum wage increase?

Please contact the Division of Human Resources.

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