University Guidelines for Student Pay

Effective September 1, 2014, Michigan increased the minimum wage to $8.15 per hour. Accordingly, WMU adjusted student pay rates to comply with the change. These rates took effect on pay period 10.

The new rates are automatically applied by HR to affected student appointments, so no forms need to be submitted by departments to effect the raise.

Student Pay Rates Effective September 1, 2014


Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

A $8.15 $8.22 $8.29 $8.36
B $8.43 $8.50 $8.57 $8.64
C $8.82 $8.92 $8.99 $9.04
D $9.31 $9.38 $9.49 $9.57

Q = student pay rates not reflected on the chart. These are reserved for student positions requiring specialized or hard to find skills. This rate ranges from $10 to $20 per hour; the employing department has discretion to determine the Q rate. Rates above $20 per hour (which are rare) require approval. Submit a Student Employee Online Transaction through the module in GoWMU, including the suggested rate. You will be contacted by a Career and Student Employment Services representative to determine if the request will be granted. 

Student Pay Schedule Guidelines

Job Classification Levels:

Level A: 

  • Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions, ability to operate basic equipment. Requires no specialized knowledge to perform assigned tasks. Positions at this level receive close supervision.

Level B:

  • Requires application of clearly prescribed standard practices and the ability to work from detailed instructions. Ability to work with data, perform simple analysis and exercise judgment. Errors can be easily and quickly detected and corrected. Previous training or work experience may be required. Positions at this level receive direct supervision.

Level C: 

  • Requires the ability to plan and perform operations or to make analysis of facts to determine logical answers. Makes decisions, uses critical thinking skills and job specific knowledge. Requires ability to perform basic office skills or use tools to resolve general problems of technical nature. May require completion of some college coursework, a specific major or set of competencies, specialized skills, or equivalent experience. Positions at this level require some direct supervision.

Level D:

  • Performs a wide variety of duties using judgment in solving problems not covered by instructions. Requires ability to research data and/or uses specialized knowledge to determine alternatives or make recommendations for aiding in solution to problems. May be responsible for instructing other student employees. Likely requires completion of some specialized coursework, training or experience. Students usually receive indirect supervision.

Level Q:

  • Independent work, highly skilled. Student is hired as a content expert, works without supervision, and makes independent decisions. Often represents the university beyond campus. (Requires approval for pay rate above University Guidelines).

Job Classification Steps:

New hires are paid at Step 1 of the appropriate level (A-D). Step 2, 3, and 4 represent supervisor options for increasing the pay of returning student employees, or to reward excellence in performance. Change in rate requires submitting a new transaction through the Student Employee Online Transactions.

Rate Increases

When a campus-wide rate increase occurs, or the student pay guidelines change, increases for current student employees will be applied automatically by the Department of Human Resources, for employees paid in the A-D levels/1-4 Steps. Students currently paid at a rate above Level D/Step 4 will not receive an automatic increase; a separate electronic transaction form will need to be completed by the employing department, Student Employee Online Transactions.

Schedule of State of Michigan Minimum Wage Increases

Sept. 1, 2014: $8.15
Jan. 1, 2016: $8.50
Jan. 1, 2017: $8.90
Jan. 1, 2018: $9.25

More information on minimum wage increases in Michigan at the State of Michigan website.