Duke University Raises Minimum Wage to $18

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Duke University (Duke) is set to implement a minimum wage increase to $18 per hour for all eligible employees and full-time contract workers, effective July 1, 2024, as reported by Duke Today.


This marks an increase from the current minimum wage of $17 per hour, which was established in 2022. 


Since 2015, with this salary adjustment, the Duke minimum wage will have increased by 50 percent. As the largest private employer in Durham, Duke has progressively raised its minimum wage over the years: $12 in 2015, $13 in 2018, $14 in 2019.


Notably, the federal minimum wage in the US remains at $7.25 per hour.


The updated rates will apply to all University and Health System University regular and full-time contract staff, providing a positive impact for more than 900 staff members. 


Moreover, positions subject to a collective bargaining agreement are entitled to the raise, subject to approval from the respective unions.


The annual review of all pay ranges in relation to local and national markets is set to continue, and adjustments are to be made as deemed necessary.


The adjustment is incorporated into Duke’s comprehensive compensation package, encompassing pay and the continual investment in benefits such as health insurance, retirement, and paid time off.

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