Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.49
Liaison David Cullmer
Submission Date Dec. 17, 2020

STARS v2.2

Pennsylvania State University
PA-12: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.70 / 3.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
16.36 US/Canadian $

Percentage of employees that receive a living wage (benefits excluded):
95

Does the institution have significant contractors with employees that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
No

A list or brief description of significant on-site contractors:

Contractors are not a significant part of Penn State's regular and ongoing operations, including in areas such as food service, groundskeeping, cleaning, and hotel management. For the small number of contractors who are hired, most contracts are temporary and are managed by individual units; centralized data is not available.


Percentage of employees of on-site contractors known to receive a living wage or be covered by collective bargaining agreements (i.e., union contracts):
0

Total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time or full-time 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:

The lowest paid FT employee at Penn State makes $22,620 annually and receives an additional $11,432.5/year in paid time off (vacation max + paid holiday), retirement, medical, dental, and vision benefits. On an hourly basis, wages plus benefits amount to $16.37/ hr, which is nearly exactly the living wage.

Health benefit premiums are scaled to wages so, in essence, the higher paid employees subsidize the lower paid ones. In addition, educational privileges benefits are available to full-time faculty and staff members, their spouses, and dependent children up to the age of 26. The grant-in-aid benefit is a 75% discount on the tuition charge.


Has the institution made a formal commitment to pay a living wage?:
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A copy or brief description of the institution’s written policy stating its commitment to a living wage:
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Website URL where information about employee compensation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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