Student Employee Wage Information for 2017-2018 and Beyond

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Oregon’s hourly minimum wage in the greater Portland metropolitan area will increase to $11.25 later this year. The change is the first of a six-step progressive increase over the next five years that will conclude with an hourly minimum wage rate of $14.75 (effective July 2022).

To accommodate the state minimum wage increases without adversely affecting department operating budgets, Pacific University is replacing its current four-tier student employee pay schedule with a single hourly rate for all student employees equal to the Oregon minimum wage in the Portland metropolitan area.

Effective July 1, 2017, the hourly rate for all Pacific University student employees will be $11.25. Exceptions could be made at the supervisor’s discretion for returning students who are currently being paid at the highest rate ($12.75 per hour). Per supervisor approval, these student employees may continue to be paid at their current rate for the 2017-2018 academic year. This exception will be at the sole discretion of a supervisor or his or her department head.

Following is the Oregon Minimum Wage schedule for employees working in the Portland metropolitan area (Effective July 1 of each year):

  • 2016 - $9.75 (current rate)
  • 2017 - $11.25
  • 2018 - $12.00
  • 2019 - $12.50
  • 2020 - $13.25
  • 2021 - $14.00
  • 2022 - $14.75 

Beginning with the following academic year (July 1, 2018), all student employees, regardless of their previous wage at Pacific, will be compensated at the Oregon minimum wage rate for the Portland metropolitan area. This includes student employees based at the Eugene and Woodburn campuses.

By aligning with Oregon’s minimum wage schedule, most Pacific student employees will experience an hourly wage increase. The President and President’s Cabinet have reviewed and approved this plan as a proactive and fair approach to keep student wages consistent while allowing departments to adequately budget for the state’s progressive minimum wage increase. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 503-352-2882 or

Thank you for your attention to this important matter and for all you do on behalf of our students and the administration.

Friday, April 28, 2017