Eighth straight year university invests in workforce

  Friday, September 22, 2023
  Around Campus

By News and Internal Communications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 22, 2023 – For the 8th consecutive academic year, UTRGV is investing in its employees, either through merit or market equity. 

Starting December 2023, the university will implement two initiatives: the raising of minimum wage for full-time employees, and implementation of a 2% merit program for qualifying staff and faculty.

Announced recently by UTRGV President Guy Bailey, minimum wage for staff will increase from $13 an hour to $16.25 an hour.

We continue to be mindful and understand the pressures of this economic environment,” Bailey said, “and UTRGV is committed to supporting its employees through equitable compensation and benefits packages.” 

“We are grateful to our more than 5,000 employees for making UTRGV the best university in Texas and the best place to work in the Rio Grande Valley,” Bailey said. 

To learn more about UTRGV employment opportunities, visit www.utrgv.edu/human-resources. 


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.