The University is increasing its minimum wage

Nov. 29, 2022

Under the Arizona Revised Statutes, Section 23-363, the state reviews minimum wage on an annual basis in order to keep pace with rising costs of living. Effective Jan. 1, 2023, the minimum wage in Arizona will rise to $13.85 per hour.

In response, the University will increase minimum wage for all student workers to $13.85 per hour. For staff, the University has decided to go above the requirement and will increase minimum wage to $14.35 per hour. Both increases become effective Dec. 26, 2022.

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

Who is affected?

  • All staff who are paid less than $14.35 per hour.
  • All student workers who are paid less than $13.85 per hour.
  • All staff who are below the minimum of their pay grades in the adjusted University Staff Pay Structure (as a result of the increase to minimum wage). Note: HR Workforce Systems will make the necessary bring-to-minimum increases on behalf of units. Those increases will be effective with the pay period beginning Jan. 23, 2023. New - Dec. 16, 2022

Note: Graduate assistants/associates who receive supplemental compensation in the summer months must receive at least $13.85 per hour.

When will the changes take effect?

The pay adjustments will take effect with the pay period that begins on Dec. 26, 2022.

Staff and student workers will see the minimum wage increases in their Jan. 13, 2023, 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

Please ensure that new hires with an effective hire date of Dec. 26, 2022, or later receive at least $13.85 per hour (student workers) or $14.35 (staff).

What if we have an open Talent job posting with a minimum rate of less than $14.35 per hour?

The Human Resources Recruitment & Outreach Team will adjust open staff postings to reflect the new minimum wage of $14.35.

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

Updated Dec. 16, 2022

To address wage compression issues, the University Staff Pay Structure has been adjusted. HR Workforce Systems will make the necessary bring-to-minimum increases on behalf of units. Those increases will be effective with the pay period beginning Jan. 23, 2023. To determine affected individuals in your unit, visit the University Staff Pay Structure dashboard in UAccess Analytics.

For additional guidance about compression issues, please review the Compensation page or contact your Senior HR Partner. For questions about the budget planning process, please contact your budget analyst.

 

Do you have questions about the minimum wage increase?

Please contact your Senior HR Partner.