Intermountain Healthcare increases minimum wage to $15 per hour

Intermountain Medical Center. Photo: Courtesy: Intermountain Healthcare

UTAH, Aug. 25, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Intermountain Healthcare is increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour for both clinical and non-clinical jobs on Sept. 19,

“About 2,200 employees who are currently paid less than $15 an hour will have their pay rate increased to at least $15 an hour,” said a news release from Intermountain Healthcare. “Additionally, Intermountain is also adjusting pay upwards for 12,800 employees in more than 250 job roles. Most of the increases will range between 3% — 7%.”

All employees received a pay increase earlier this year in April, and eligible nurses received an additional adjustment increase in June, the news release said.

“The adjustments reflect Intermountain’s commitment to offering competitive pay so people can provide for their personal and family needs while helping Intermountain attract and retain the very best talent to carry out our mission,” said Heather Brace, chief people officer and senior vice president at Intermountain. “This adjustment is our commitment to ensuring we are paying employees — both current and future — fairly and at market.”

Wage adjustments are made periodically to ensure Intermountain is paying employees competitively in relation to the market, the news release said. From time to time, Intermountain identifies market conditions that warrant making an “off cycle” adjustment; a pay increase outside of the annual increase cycle, typically due to changes in the job and pay market. For example, Intermountain moved to a $13 an hour minimum wage in 2019.

“While COVID-19 has had an impact on the labor market, this adjustment is not a direct result of the pandemic,” Brace said. “It is to align compensation to the current market and ensure employees are paid fairly.”

With this change, Intermountain is one of a growing number of healthcare organizations nationwide, including the Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins Health System, Jefferson Health, Duke University Health System, and Advocate Aurora Health, and others providing a $15 an hour minimum wage.

 

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