WSU staff to receive salary increase next year

Employee compensation will remain university’s top priority in next legislative session, President Kirk Schulz said

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After launching a three-year financial recovery plan in 2016, WSU President Kirk Schulz turned a $30 million deficit into a $28 million surplus for the university’s budget.

LIAM CONNORS, Evergreen reporter

WSU employees will receive a 2.5-3.25% salary increase effective next fiscal year.

Beginning on July 1, classified staff will get a pay increase of 3.25%. Faculty, graduate assistants and administrative professionals will receive a 2.5% raise on Sept. 1, according to a WSU Insider article

Funding for the salary increases will come directly through the Washington State Legislature, according to the article. However, university funds will be needed to supplement the state funding.

WSU President Kirk Schulz said the increase is to support staff following the pandemic, especially because burnout rates have been high, according to the article.

WSU also implemented a work-life balance program this semester to address staff burnout, according to a Daily Evergreen article.