# Willamette's Employee Wage Distribution

Definition:

The number of full-time classified and administrative employees whose total compensation averages out to an hourly wage that falls into each of the following categories:

i)  less than the living wage for 1 adult;

iii) between the living wages for 2 adults and 1 adult, 1 child;

iv) between the living wages for 1 adult, 1 child and 2 adults, 1 child;

v)  between the living wages for 2 adults, 1 child and 2 adults, 2 children; and

vi) more than the living wage for 2 adults, 2 children.

Why this indicator?

The distribution of wages is intended to provide information about how equitable our operations are and to determine whether employees are being paid sustainable, living wages.

A living wage provides for sufficient food, child care, education, healthcare, housing, transportation, taxes, and other basic necessities. In other words, it is the wage rate required to sustainably support Willamette’s employees.

We report the entire distribution of wages across the six categories listed above rather than the number of employees who make a living wage. This is because the expenditures required to provide a minimum standard of living vary depending on family structure. For example, it costs more to provide for a family consisting of two adults and one child than for a family of one adult and one child.

As Willamette University does not collect information about the family structure of each employee, it is not possible to determine whether a particular employee is making a living wage or not. Instead, we track the number of employees whose wages fall in the ranges between these values.

The Living Wage Calculator estimates living wages for a single full-time worker in the Salem Keiser area as follows:

 Living Wage (Hourly) Year 1 Adult 2 Adults 1 Adult, 1 Child 2 Adults, 1 Child 2 Adults, 2 Child 2007-08 \$6.60 \$10.08 \$13.62 \$15.66 \$19.97 2008-09 \$7.92 \$12.43 \$15.73 \$20.20 \$26.53 2009-10 \$7.92 \$12.43 \$15.73 \$20.20 \$26.53 2010-11 \$7.92 \$12.43 \$15.73 \$20.20 \$26.53

The number of Willamette University employees in each category as given in the table below:

 Number of Willamette Employees by Category Year <1 Adt 1 Adt-2 Adts 2 Adts-1 Adt,1 Chd 1 Adt,1 Chd-2 Adt,1 Chd 2 Adts,1 Chd-2 Adts,2 Chds >2 Adts, 2 Chds 2007-08 0 10 87 60 100 164 2008-09 0 59 98 103 70 88 2009-10 0 42 103 111 76 92 2010-11 0 47 92 111 72 94