Position Descriptions and Compensation
Student employees are required to be compensated with an hourly wage. Departments may not issue stipend payments to any student employee who is working in a student employment capacity. In addition, the University does not permit departments to establish commission-only student employment positions. Bonuses may not be added to a student employee’s paycheck.
Student employment positions should be classified by considering the duties and responsibilities assigned to the position. Managers and supervisors are responsible for considering the level and complexity of student employment positions in their department. They must make every effort to ensure consistent salaries in relation to similar student employment positions in their department.
Student employee hourly salary rates range from the prevailing CA minimum wage to $15 per hour. If a department would like assistance to determine an hourly wage for a position, they may contact the Student Employment Office for a position evaluation.
Student employees may receive periodic salary increases based on their performance, increase in job responsibilities, or gained knowledge. Departments are encouraged to establish guidelines for salary increases so that they are applied consistently. For instance, departments may want to establish guidelines so that students receive a 50 cent per hour salary increase annually to recognize the student employee’s increasing level of knowledge and skill in the position.