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Salaries well below industry standard

September 27, 2012

ATHENS, GA — University of Georgia building service workers are being paid below what would be considered a living wage, according to the Red and Black.

university of georgiaCurrently, the starting salary for a university cleaner is around $22,000 with an average salary of only slightly more at roughly $24,000, the article stated.

According to the article, the current average introductory salary is significantly higher, ranging from $26,000 to $28,000.

"No salaries have decreased, but I think as healthcare and other things have gone up, people have probably been taking home less money because they haven't gotten raises in the last five years," said Dexter Fisher, the director of facilities management.

While Fisher isn't certain if employees have additional jobs to supplement their income from the university, he wouldn't find it surprising if they did, the article noted.

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