|Submission Date||Jan. 31, 2011|
PAE-11: Sustainable Compensation
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
Total number of employees working on campus (including contractors):
Number of employees (including contractors) that the institution ensures earn sustainable compensation:
A brief description of how the institution ensures that its lowest-paid workers (including contractors, if applicable) receive sustainable compensation:
American University is committed to ensuring that hourly wages are fair and comparable to those paid by other universities and municipalities in the greater Washington, D.C. area, from which AU draws its staff.
In 2002, the Board of Trustees adopted a “wage policy” stating:
1. The university wage policy will assure that the lowest paid employees of our campus community can live decently within the economic structure of the greater Washington geographic region from which AU draws its staff.
2. The wage policy will contain the following conditions:
a. It will be based on the demographics of the region from which we draw our employees, as well as the general practices reflected in other wage policies.
b. It will be set at a rate that is competitive with rates paid by other universities and municipalities in the region.
c. It will fit within AU’s existing compensation system as the framework within which it will be institutionalized and maintained.
d. The wage rate will be increased when the salary band structure is adjusted
e. The policy will cover all full-time, non-union, staff employees of the university.
f. Employees of multi-year service contracts and persons regularly employed on campus -- except first-year (Dining Service) or entry-level (Housekeeping Service) employees -- will be covered by the policy.
The university wage policy, as implemented, has set the following actual minimum wages:
• Effective September 1, 2006, base wage $11.25 per hour.
• Effective September 1, 2007, base wage $11.50 per hour.
• Effective September 1, 2008, base wage $12.25 per hour.
• Effective September 1, 2009, base wage $12.25 per hour.
• Effective September 1, 2010, base wage $12.50 per hour.
The most recent year total compensation for the institution’s lowest-paid workers (including contractors, if applicable) was evaluated to ensure that it was sustainable:
The website URL where information about the institution’s compensation policies and practices is available:
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