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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.02
Liaison Sara McKinstry
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of California, San Diego
PA-11: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.30 / 3.00 Caprece Speaks-Toler
Director of Compensation and Interim Director of Benefits
Human Resources
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The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
19.60 US/Canadian $

Percentage of all employees (regular full-time, regular part-time, and temporary workers) that receive a living wage (benefits excluded):
75

Does the institution have employees of contractors that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
Yes

Percentage of employees of contractors that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations that the institution has verified as receiving a living wage (benefits excluded) (0-100; enter ‘0’ if unknown):
50

The total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular (i.e., permanent) employee or pay grade meets or exceeds what percentage of the living wage?:
100 percent

A brief description of the minimum total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid employee or pay grade, including any in-kind benefits included as part of the total compensation figure :

The minimum of the salary range for lowest level position is $15.00 per hour. According to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, the living wage for 1 adult in the San Diego area is $15.01. A comprehensive health and welfare benefits and a pension plan are also provided.


Has the institution made a formal commitment to pay a living wage?:
Yes

A copy or brief description of the institution’s written policy stating its commitment to a living wage:

https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/fairwage/index.html

On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced a new minimum wage plan for UC employees. Titled the “UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan”, the program guarantees that by October 2017 UC employees hired to work at least 20 hours a week be paid at least $15 per hour.

The plan also requires that contractors doing business with UC guarantee a $15 minimum hourly wage for their workers, ensuring that any workers being paid through a UC contract are paid fairly. The plan includes several measures to ensure contractors comply with the new minimum wage, as well as all federal, state, and UC workplace law and policies, including a telephone hotline for contract workers to report issues, and annual and periodic audits.

With this plan, UC is the first public university in the United States to voluntarily establish a $15/hour minimum wage.


Has the institution made a formal commitment to provide a living wage to its student employees and/or graduate teaching/research assistants (e.g. by adopting a student bill-of-rights)?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s commitment to a student living wage:

All undergraduate student employees make at least $11.50/hour, which is about the CA state minimum wage, but not a full living wage: https://blink.ucsd.edu/HR/comp-class/classification/students.html#AII

All graduate students make at least $15/hour: http://grad.ucsd.edu/_files/financial/acad-pay/STURATES1718.pdf


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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MIT Living Wage Calculator: http://livingwage.mit.edu/metros/41740. We used a rough estimation that an hourly wage of $19.60 would translate into a yearly salary pre-tax of $40,768 (40 hours/week no overtime, 52 weeks/year).

See page 43 of the 2014 University of California Workforce Profile for an estimate of staff salary ranges (not including faculty): https://www.ucop.edu/institutional-research-academic-planning/_files/workforce-profiles/workforce-profile-2014.pdf.

According to this report, most UC staff employees with an annualized salary rate of less than $40,000 are Non-Career staff, primarily students. The largest percentage of Career staff falls within the salary range of $40,000 to $59,000, and the average annualized salary rate for all Career staff in 2014 was $76,013 – a 5% increase over the 2013 average. About half of Career staff have an annualized salary rate of $60,000 and over.

The collective bargaining process is on-going, so salaries and benefits are constantly being evaluated.

http://www.ucop.edu/institutional-research-academic-planning/_files/workforce-profiles/Workforce-Profile-2013-Updated1-20-2015.pdf

All Senior Leadership Compensation Group and Manager and Senior Professionals (MSP) MSP) employees make over $30.94 an hour:

http://blink.ucsd.edu/HR/comp-class/compensation/ranges/slcg-07.html

http://blink.ucsd.edu/HR/comp-class/compensation/ranges/msp-18.html.

Professional and Support Staff (PSS) 1-7 staff may earn under $30.94 an hour: http://blink.ucsd.edu/HR/comp-class/compensation/ranges/pss-18.html

Few student employees make over $30 an hour: http://blink.ucsd.edu/HR/comp-class/compensation/ranges/st-17.html

Contract workers employed on UCSD public works project, which include construction, repair and maintenance work are paid prevailing wages, which are higher than the living wage for San Diego. http://www.dir.ca.gov/OPRL/2018-1/PWD/Southern.html

The lowest paid Lecturer on campus makes 58,945 a year.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.