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Average UPMC Service Worker Pay to Exceed $15/Hour by 2019

UPMC to Raise Minimum Starting Wage for Employees to $15/Hour by 2021

PITTSBURGH, March 29, 2016 – UPMC will increase minimum starting salaries for entry-level positions at most Pittsburgh facilities to $15/hour by January 2021, including its flagship UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside hospital, UPMC Mercy, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and many other facilities and sites. Additionally, average service worker pay at these facilities will exceed $15/hour by January 2019. The pay range changes begin Jan. 1, 2017.

This action, based on UPMC's continual evaluation of the market, solidifies its reputation as a highly desirable employer with industry-leading total compensation packages, a focus on work-life balance, and significant opportunities for career advancement. With nearly 62,000 employees across all facilities, UPMC is the largest non-government employer in Pennsylvania. 

"We are very proud of our wages, generous benefits and other rewards and of the tens of thousands of jobs at UPMC that have meaning and purpose, and that fulfill an incredibly important mission for the region and the communities that we serve," said John Galley, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, UPMC. "We review the market each year to ensure that our salary ranges are competitive and we are committed to rewarding our strong-performing employees with merit increases on an annual basis."

The total package of salary and benefits available to employees includes a retirement savings plan with a percentage match by UPMC, a defined benefit pension plan paid entirely by UPMC, tuition assistance for employees and their families, comprehensive health insurance and generous paid time off. Those making $15/hour and taking full advantage of UPMC's robust benefits package will earn the equivalent of $24.25/hour. For UPMC employees represented by unions, their wages and benefits will continue to be negotiated by their respective unions.

"We are particularly pleased to offer entry-level employment to those with fewer technical skills and training," added Galley. "UPMC employees consistently demonstrate their commitment by providing superior patient care and customer service. And as part of UPMC's dedication to our valued employees, we provide career pathways with financial support to help all employees grow and learn so that they can stretch their knowledge and skills and advance their careers. Many of our employees began their careers at UPMC in entry-level positions and have advanced into technical, professional and management roles."

UPMC McKeesport Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services Dawndra Jones began her career at UPMC 25 years ago as a new staff nurse and with assistance from UPMC's tuition reimbursement program, earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, and most recently, a doctor of nursing practice degree. "I am an example of how a UPMC employee can take advantage of the rich benefits offered to us and achieve a lifelong career within UPMC," said Jones.

UPMC's average compensation is $64,400 annually, not including benefits. UPMC also employs nearly 25,000 people with an annual salary of over $50,000, more than any other employer in the region.