UT raises staff minimum wage to $9 an hour, effective Jan. 1

More than 200 University of Tennessee employees across the state will begin seeing a slight bump in their paychecks beginning Wednesday when the school implements the first of two planned minimum wage increases, reports the News Sentinel.

The minimum wage will rise 50 cents to $9 an hour at the start of the new year. It is scheduled to increase another 50 cents an hour in June.

The last minimum wage increase was in 2011, when UT raised its starting pay rate from $7.50 per hour to the current $8.50 an hour.

The raise will affect about 223 full- and part-time employees statewide, including 170 at the Knoxville campus, said Linda Hendricks, UT vice president of human resources, earlier this month. These employees are mostly custodial, food services and housekeeping personnel.

This is part of an ongoing effort to improve pay at UT, Hendricks said. Each UT campus has developed a compensation plan to compete with peer institutions in attracting and retaining top talent, she said.

Note: The UT news release on the minimum wage increase is HERE.