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New Minimum Rates for Hourly and Salaried Full-Time Staff

General (Ret.) Mark A. Welsh III

May 31, 2024

Members of the Aggie Family,

Last fall, I spoke about our commitment to complete a market analysis of staff salaries and the steps needed to ensure Texas A&M University remains competitive among peer institutions in attracting and retaining our exceptional staff.

As an initial step in this process, leaders from across our administrative and operational units came together to develop a plan to increase minimum pay rates for our lowest-wage staff based on that market analysis. Today, I’m happy to share my approval of that proposal. With an effective date of June 1, full-time, benefits-eligible staff members who meet the requirements below will have a new higher minimum base salary or hourly rate:

  • Exempt staff positions – Full-time positions that are not eligible for overtime and are paid monthly will have a minimum base salary of $45,000 annually.
  • Nonexempt staff positions – Full-time positions that are eligible for overtime and are paid biweekly will have a minimum base rate beginning at $15.85 per hour in the Bryan-College Station area and up to $17.78 per hour in some of our urban areas outside of Bryan-College Station. These rates are based on the position’s assigned campus location’s cost of living identified as part of the market analysis.

All full-time staff with a current salary or hourly rate that is less than the newly approved minimum will receive a letter detailing their new higher rates next week. Their increase in pay will be reflected on the first paycheck issued after the June 1 effective date.

With an institution as intricate and as large as Texas A&M, leadership across our campuses are partnering together to implement this plan. For positions funded through sponsored research projects, we are working with research leadership for Texas A&M, Texas A&M Health and Texas A&M University at Galveston to provide additional clarity on funding available to help support approved adjustments.

People are the foundation of this university’s success. So many of you invest your time and talent into something larger than yourself. I’m thankful that we can extend that investment back to those who so willingly support colleagues, faculty, students and the greater Aggie Family each and every day. Thanks for being wonderful!

Gig ’em!

General (Ret.) Mark A. Welsh III, President