Minimum Wage for California will increase from $8.00/hour to $9.00/hour on July 1, 2014

June 05, 2014

TO:          Unit Managers and Supervisors

FROM:      Staff Human Resources, Compensation

DATE:       June 5, 2014

RE:          Minimum Wage for California will increase from $8.00/hour to $9.00/hour on July 1, 2014

Governor Brown signed into law a new state minimum wage of $9.00/hour that will take effect July 1, 2014.  Tied to this, a second minimum wage adjustment is also scheduled to take effect January 1, 2016 that will increase the state minimum to $10.00/hour.   

To comport with the new minimum wage law, the existing UCSC student salary structures will collapse into one classification and one salary range that can encompass all categories of student employment.


State Min Wage = $8.00/hour

Effective July 1, 2014

State Min Wage = $9.00/hour

Proposed January 1, 2016

State Min Wage = $10/hour

4921, STDT 2  

$8.00 - $12.15/hour



4920, STDT 3  

$8.50 - $12.96/hour



4919, STDT 4  

$9.00  – $17.00/hour

$9.00 – $25.00/hour

$10.00 – $30.00/hour

Next Steps:

  1. System-wide PPS programming will take place in early June to increase the salary rates of student employees currently earning below $9.00/hour.

  2. The effective date of the increase for bi-weekly (BW) paid students is 6/22/14. Monthly (MO) paid students will be effective 7/1/2014.

  3. Students earning $9.00 per hour or greater will not be affected.

  4. New student salary rates will be updated on the Career Center website in late June,

  5. Information regarding title code changes for student employees with Student Assistant 2 (4921) and Student Assistant 3 (4920) title codes is forthcoming.

  6. Any students hired or rehired after 6/22/14 (BW) or 7/1/14 (MO) will need to be compensated within the new salary range, at a minimum of $9.00 per hour, at the time of hire/rehire.

  7. The wage increases will be unit-funded. No additional funding will be provided by the campus to fund this minimum wage increase.

Please contact Chris Arends at the Career Center at 9-4024; if you have any questions about hiring student workers. If you have any questions about current student workers, you can contact SHR Classification and Compensation at 9-1328 or email