Student Employment Wage Levels

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

Grade Level One: 7.25 – 8.25
Grade Level Two: 7.30 - 9.00
Grade Level Three: 7.40 – 9.80
Grade Level Four: 7.70 – 12.00
Grade Level Five 8.20 – 15.00

Grade Level 1

  • Minimal special skills needed
  • Perform routine tasks with minimal responsibility
  • Employee is well supervised
  • No previous training or experience required

Grade Level 2

  • Employee must possess special skills with moderate level of competence
  • Tasks assigned require some degree of responsibility
  • Some supervision provided
  • Training may be necessary for some aspects of these positions

Grade Level 3

  • Employee must possess special skills with a moderate to high level of competence
  • Tasks assigned require moderate to high degree of responsibility
  • Student usually works independently with little supervision
  • Previous training and experience may be required

Grade Level 4

  • Employee must possess special skills with a high level of competence
  • Tasks assigned require high degree of responsibility
  • Student usually works independently with no direct supervision; may involve training and supervision of others
  • Previous training or experience is necessary
  • Employees should have completed some undergraduate education

Grade Level 5

  • Special skills are involved and student must have a high level of competence; must possess independent judgment and/or decision-making ability; position requires a high degree of mental activity and/or manual dexterity
  • Independent research may be an integral part of duties; student’s work may provide an important link in a departmental operation; may involve training and supervision of others; requires a self-starter
  • Student works independently with no direct supervision
  • Previous training and experience are required; advanced technical experience, including certification or license, may be necessary
  • Some undergraduate education required; may require a graduate student with courses in specified area.

Student Employment Wage Levels