Three (3) different minimum wage programs govern wages at the University.


California Minimum Wage
(Student Wages)

California Minimum Wage - Effective January 1, 2022 - $15.00/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 (current)
January 1, 2021 - $14.00/hr 
January 1, 2020 - $13.00/hr 
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 2022) = $15.00/hour
UCSB Minimum Wage for Student Assistants (effective January 2022) = $15.00/hour
Student Assistant I (tc 4922) Salary Range = $15.00 - $40.00/hr

For more information about Student Employment, refer to the Student Employment Guidelines (Rev Mar 2022).


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


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.