Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.59
Liaison Richard Demerjian
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Irvine
PA-12: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.98 / 3.00 Dawn McKinley
Senior Director, Enterprise Total Rewards and Strategic Workforce Planning
Partnership Human Resources
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The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
21.09 US/Canadian $

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

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

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


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

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?:
150 percent

A brief description of the minimum total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid employee or pay grade:

The lowest paid regular full-time or part-time employee at UCI is the Custodian at $17.82/hour (pay range minimum). UCI provides a benefits package to this group of employees worth 78.3% of salary or $13.95/hour. The total compensation (including wages and benefits according to survey) for the lowest-paid regular workers is $31.77/hour, which is 151% of living wage.

Living wage calculation for Orange County, CA for 2 Adults, 2 Children, is $21.09 (as of November 12, 2020; http://web.archive.org/web/20201112020147/https://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/06059).

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

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

In July 2015, University of California 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. California’s current state minimum wage is $13.00/hour. Due to high cost of living within Orange County, California, the living wage calculation for Orange County, CA for 2 Adults, 2 Children (according to MIT Living Wage Calculator – see Part 1 above), is currently $21.09/hour (between 40% and 60% more than UC’s fair wage plan and California’s minimum wage).

UCI pays all employees at least $15.00/hour, and pays 83% of staff employees a wage that is equal to or greater than the living wage for Orange County of $21.09/hour. In addition, UCI provides a benefits package to the lowest paid staff employees worth 78.3% or $13.95/hour. The total compensation (wages and benefits) for the lowest-paid workers at $17.82/hour is $31.77/hour, which is 151% of living wage.

UCI academic appointees are paid at least the minimum rate of the systemwide UC salary scales which is currently $21.32. Faculty receive merit increases and promotions based on a campus scale, which represents a higher, market-based rate. Additionally, UC Irvine conducts an annual pay equity study for faculty. In addition, UCI provides a benefits package to the lowest paid academic employees worth 53.4% of salary or $11.38/hour. The total compensation (wages and benefits) for the lowest-paid academic workers at $21.32/hour is $32.70/hour, which is 155% of living wage.

On an annual basis, the University reviews the market in relationship to its non-represented salary ranges to determine if the salary range minimums and maximums need to be adjusted.

Individuals working at 50% time or more for a minimum of one year receive full benefits during the first month of employment. The employee’s share of medical premiums is calculated on an income-sensitive basis, with lower-paid employees receiving the largest employer subsidy. The vision and dental plans are fully paid for by the University. An eligible employee who has exhausted all paid leave due to a serious illness or injury or because the employee is caring for a seriously ill family member may apply for catastrophic leave which allows for the continuation of salary to minimize financial hardship.

Website URL where information about employee compensation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The representative point used for this credit was winter 2020. This is in alignment and consistent with the timeframe used for all Wellbeing & Work credits (2019-2020); per credit criteria. In November 2020, MIT’s Living Wage Calculator listed the local living wage for 2 Adults, 2 Children as $21.09. We developed our responses for this credit based off of this living wage and 2020 UCI wage data.

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:
2015 when UC implemented $15.00 UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan. See web site at

The website URL where information about the institution’s compensation policies and practices is available:

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