Every household is different and, therefore, it is hard to determine what each individual/family may need. Census data for Albemarle County indicates that the average UVA employee affected by this change lives in a two-person household, and in about 70% of those households, the second member is also working—raising the total household income significantly. UVA employees making $15 an hour will continue to receive more than $12,000 a year in health insurance benefits and retirement contributions.
While a $15 hourly base wage will not cover every type of household, it is above the poverty wage for every family type in our region according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator. The MIT calculator also counts it as a living wage for single wage-earners and families living in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties with two working adults who are childless or have one child.
In addition to the base wage adjustment, the University offers regular increases to meet market demands and reward employee performance, generally occurring in the summer and fall.
Rates for City of Charlottesville, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator: