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Trustees OK raise for USA employees

MOBILE (AP) — The University of South Alabama board of trustees has approved an average 5 percent pay raise for all university and hospital employees.

The university’s $623.9 million budget for the fiscal year that begins in October includes the raise approved by the board Thursday. The pay raise will total $16.4 million.

The university, one of Mobile’s top employers with about 5,800 people on payroll, also plans “equity increases” to boost salaries of employees making less than they might in similar positions at other universities.

“What we try to do, of course, is ... focus on continuing to maintain competitive faculty and staff salaries,” USA President Gordon Moulton said. “That’s always our first priority.”

The budget is more than $61 million higher than last year’s, with most of the additional money slotted for salary increases and the university’s growing hospitals.

USA expects hospital revenue to rise by $36.2 million to a projected $295.9 million.

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