Student Employee Pay Categories and Ranges

Op7.16-6 Student Employee Pay Categories and Ranges

In order to reflect changes in the state minimum wage and subsequent CPI percentage changes each year, the Student Employee Pay Categories will be revised and become effective January 1 each year.

The goal of this policy is to help assure equity and continuity across campus in setting student employee pay levels. It is up to the department head to recommend, based on job duties and responsibilities, a student employee’s pay category and range. Once the category and range have been determined, hourly wage rates may be established for student workers.

Justifications must be based on job duties or market competition only and not, for example, length of service. Student Employment will either approve the rate or contact the Department Head for clarification.

All payroll changes or raises are effective the first day of the next pay period. These are increases which may be awarded at the discretion of each department. However, it is not intended for these category and level increases to be granted automatically. Actual changes in job responsibilities, which require a change in job category, are not considered an annual raise.

Pay rate increases for all student employees are submitted by clearance form.

Students are allowed to work in more than one department at a time with different rates of pay depending on the individual department job responsibilities and qualifications. Work-study employees are limited to one work-study position at a time. They can however, work a budget position while also employed in a work-study position.

Student Employment, in conjunction with Financial Services, reserves the right to review departmental application of pay rates within the categories for campus uniformity. Budget student employees and work study student employees MUST be paid the same rate if they are performing the same job.

Category I - Job duties require little or no previous experience; few specific skills are required; the necessary skills may be learned "on the job" within a short time; the work is usually routine in nature; depending on the duties assigned and skills of the student, some previous training or experience may be needed. The position may or may not be closely supervised.

Category I of the new pay ranges will include the vast majority of student job titles. Beginning pay may be set at any point within the category and increases may be in variable amounts.


$7.85 - $8.35

Category II - Job duties require a high level of responsibility, training, experience, and competence; the student receives only general supervision/direction.


$8.36 - $8.86

Category III - Student positions require job duties and skills determined to be above the range established in Category II.


$8.87 and above need special approval

Category III requires a justification within the Comment Section of the clearance form. Justification should include duties performed and expertise needed for the pay rate. Student Employment will either approve the rate or contact the department head for clarification.

*Lower amounts within ranges are suggested starting salaries. Students may change pay categories when they change jobs on campus or within a department which entails the next level of requirements, or are given a higher level of responsibility after receiving more training and experience in their current position.