North Carolina Enacts $15 Living Wage for Government Employees

By Kelsey Basten

Published on August 20, 2018

North Carolina legislators overturned Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state’s budget plan, approving a $15 living wage for state employees. This also increased the minimum salary for full-time employees to about $31,200 a year.

A living wage is the lowest wage at which the wage earner and his or her family can afford the most basic costs of living.

The new rate applies to most jobs in state agencies and the University of North Carolina but does not apply to temporary workers, public school or community college employees that currently make less than $15.

In addition, public school bus drivers, teaching assistants and custodians are also excluded from the new rate.

New York, California, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts are also on the list of states that raised wages for state employees to $15.

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