Office of Research Administration
1500 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401-1887
December 21, 2016
To: Deans, Department Heads and CSM Faculty
From: Ralph L. Brown, Director of Research Administration
Re: Minimum Wage on Sponsored Projects
Federal minimum wages are established by the Federal Government for all hourly employees paid with federal
funding. Effective January 1, 2017, the Federal Minimum Wage is increasing to $10.20 for all employees working
on federal contracts.
In order to provide efficiency and equity among all hourly employees working on sponsored projects, it was
determined that effective January 1, 2015, the Mines minimum hourly wage for all sponsored projects would be the
prevailing Federal Minimum Wage.
ORA and Human Resources reviewed the current hourly rates for employees working on sponsored projects and
will adjust minimum wage for those employees being paid less than the minimum wage for federal contracts.
ORA will continue to inform the research community annually of increases to the federal minimum wage.