July 17, 2013
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|If there’s one thing administrative professionals at UC have in common, it’s crummy pay.
Among more than a thousand respondents to UPTE’s recent survey, more than 75% said their paychecks are lower than they would be at comparable jobs outside UC.
That’s not surprising: According to MIT’s Living Wage Calculator, a family of four needs to earn $46,072 just to meet basic expenses in California. In high-cost areas, the numbers are much higher – nearly $53,000 for those in or near San Francisco.
The University of California used to support middle-class careers. But as wages lag, it’s become harder for dedicated staff members to stay.
Among survey participants who describe themselves as “long-time employees thinking of leaving,” 64% identify low wages as a significant issue.
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