Compensation & Classification

Minimum Wage Programs

There are 3 different minimum wage programs that govern wages at the University:

California Minimum Wage (Student Wages)

California Minimum Wage - Effective January 1, 2020 - $13.00/hr

Although UCSB is governed by Federal Law, we choose to adhere to the California State Minimum Wage provisions in order to remain competitive as an employer. Our Student Assistant positions begin at a rate equal to the California Minimum Wage. The following is a schedule of the minimum wage changes in the future:

January 1, 2022 - $15.00/hr
January 1, 2021 - $14.00/hr
January 1, 2020 - $13.00/hr (current)
January 1, 2019 - $12.00/hr 
January 1, 2018 - $11.00/hr
January 1, 2017 - $10.50/hr
January 1, 2016 - $10.00/hr
July 1, 2014 - $9.00/hr

Federal Minimum Wage (effective July 2009) = $7.25/hour
California State Minimum Wage (effective January 2020) = $13.00/hour
UCSB Minimum Wage for Student Assistants (effective January 2020) = $13.00/hour
Student Assistant I (tc 4922) Salary Range = $13.00 - $40.00/hr

For more information about Student Employment, refer to the Student Employment Guidelines located on the Employment page under "Useful Links".

UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Program

UC Fair Wage / Fair Work Program - Effective October 1, 2017 - $15.00/hr 

HR Memo to Managers on 9-19-2017
HR Memo to Managers on 9-15-2016
HR Memo to Managers on 9-25-2015

The UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan is a minimum wage plan that guarantees all UC employees (career, partial year career, limited, and contract) appointed at 50% or more will be paid at least $15 per hour by October 2017.

The plan also requires that contractors doing business with UC guarantee a $15 minimum hourly wage for their workers, ensuring that any workers being paid through a UC contract are paid fairly.

For an overview of the program, please visit the UC Net site at (link is external).

Federal Contractors Minimum Wage

Federal Contractors Minimum Wage - Effective January 1, 2017 - $10.20/hr

On February 12, 2014, then President Obama signed Executive Order 13658, "Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors" to raise the minimum to $10.10/hr for all workers on Federal construction and service contracts, including those affiliated with the University of California. That minumum was then raised to $10.20/hr effective January 1, 2017. 


With the exception of the California State minimum wage increases, Student Assistant wages shall be frozen starting July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 per the UC President's orders for a Systemwide Salary Freeze on policy-covered staff salaries (President Napolitano Systemwide Freeze Memo and FAQs).

  • This applies to annual based increases applied to student assistant wages.
  • This doesn't apply to pay increases related to student promotions or other higher level duties being assigned that warrant increased compensation.
  • This doesn't apply to students being moved into different student positions on campus and receiving a pay increase.