Four County is raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour. The change takes effect September 26 and applies to all full-time and part-time staff.
This change is estimated to impact over 53% of current staff between starting wages and associated wage scale adjustments which is based on Four County experience as well as previous years of qualified work experience when starting their career with the Center.
This increase is estimated to mostly impact the salaries for administrative support and clinical tech positions as much as 33% annually. Four County will continue to review all other job class compensation moving forward keeping pace and competitive with industry and local economic wage demands.
Melissa Robertson, Four County's Director of Adult Intensive Services remarks, "We have already seen that with this wage increase that we are attracting new talent to Four County."
This change is consistent with an emerging national trend by employers that are voluntarily increasing their minimum wage following the Executive Order to raise federal contractors minimum wage. Over the last four years Four County has made over $3.6 million in new investment in staff. The increase to $15 per hour minimum wage continues this trajectory by adding an additional almost $500, 000 in staff investment annually.
"Raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour will make a tremendous, positive impact on the well-being of our employees, especially those in support and clinical technician positions. The impact is not theoretical, it is real life impact. This can be emphasized even more when considering what it means for our rural workforce. Behavioral health workers are critical and solid minimum wage is paramount.", provides Carrie Cadwell, Chief Executive Officer with Four County.