Base/Living Wage FAQs
The University of Virginia is raising its base wage for employees (sometimes called a living wage), effective January 1, 2020. As of October 2019, several major contractors who work with the University are following suit and plan to raise the base wage for their employees who are working at UVA.
This change will increase the wages of more than 800 full-time contract employees, which represents nearly 90% of full-time contract employees who work regularly on our Grounds and currently earn less than $15 per hour. (October 2019) When combined with earlier-announced raises to full-time employees of the University, this means that roughly 96% of the University’s full-time and contracted full-time employees will earn at least $15 per hour as of January 1, 2020.
Below you will find answers to commonly asked questions about these increases.