Miami has developed a new wage scale for student workers that reflects the increase in Ohio's minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.85 per hour as passed in the Nov. 7 elections.
The new Ohio minimum wage increase, to go into effect Jan. 1, 2007, affects student workers at the university whose current hourly wage rates range from $5.15 to $8.50, based on their classifications. The new adjusted student wage rates range from $6.85 to $10.50 per hour. An increase of $1.70 at the minimum rate level was recommended to maintain the current band wage separation structure and minimize compression; however, funding is not available to avoid wage compression within each band. This wage increase affects only student workers and will not affect classified employees.
The chart below shows the new per hour minimum wage rates based on classification.
Students' pay will be increased to meet the adjusted wage levels based on their classifications. To learn more about their individual pay rate increases, students may contact their individual departmental supervisors. The increase will occur in the Jan. 19 payroll.
According to Adolph Haislar, senior associate vice president of finance and business services, the wage increase could impact the university by as much as $2.6 million in the next fiscal year. Each department will examine its budget and make adjustments to account for the wage increase. These adjustments could include the elimination of some student positions or the reduction in various departmental operating budget lines to compensate for these wage increases.
"It is a critical management function for all university staff members to control their respective future budgets and limited funding levels," Haislar said.