Student Wage Scale

2016 Wage Scale

Effective January 1, 2016


1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year

4th Year

Level A - General





Level B - Skilled





Level C - Specialist  





* This wage scale does not apply to Summer Research Assistants that are approved by the Undergraduate Research Office.*

The wage scale is set by these criteria:

  • Level of skills required, including special skills
  • Level of experience/training required
  • Level of independent work, confidentiality and peer supervision
  • Level of mental activity
  • Level of accountability


Student Wage Level Definitions


Includes all entry-level student jobs that do not require previous training or special skills other than basic computer skills. Requires minimum and finite on-the-job training. Does not require supervision of others. Requires some independence, but also some supervision. 

Examples include: Office Assistants, Monitors, Mail Clerks, Retail Sales Assistants, Library Circulation Desk Assistants, Ushers, Receptionists, and some Dining positions


Includes positions that require a higher level of responsibility and independence. Requires some previous training or experience.  Positions offer extensive on-the-job training or require certification. Students may be responsible for an aspect of a program, and/or supervising other students. 

Examples include: Web Assistants, Box Office Supervisors, Ski & Snowboard Instructors, Lifeguards, Technicians, Research Assistants, Tutors, Teaching Assistants, Graders, and Library or Office Associates


Includes positions that require special supervisory skills or an advanced level of academic achievement or other qualifications.  Position might be responsible for the success of an entire program. Requires extensive previous experience, highly specialized skills or on-going training. Job duties may include hiring, training, scheduling and supervising other students. 

Examples include: Web Specialists, Lead Computer Consultants, Student Staff Coordinators, Phonathon Managers, GIS Specialists, and EMT's

Any position that clearly requires a higher pay rate outside of the set levels because of experience and levels of technical expertise required will be managed through Student Employment on a case-by-case basis.

Annual Raise Increase

A student can progress within a level by returning to the same position the following academic year.  A student must have worked a minimum of 25 hours during a previous academic year in the same position to receive the increase indicated on the wage scale.

The increase is not contingent upon Student Evaluations.  However, if a student qualifies and a supervisor wishes to deny the annual increase, the supervisor must provide the student clear written feedback as an explanation for the denial.  The written feedback must also be shared with the Student Employment Office.