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Student Pay & Job Levels

Student positions should be assigned an appropriate job level based on the job responsibilities and experience required. Employing departments should pay student employees according to the student pay scale between the minimum and maximum rates for the designated level. It is recommended that departments periodically review their job levels and rates of pay for all student employees to ensure internal equity.

Student employees who are enrolled at Purdue University and meet the credit requirement do not pay FICA tax. Student employees not attending Purdue University pay FICA tax. Graduate and undergraduate students may be employed or continue to be employed as students during the summer period. FICA tax, however, will be withheld if the student is not enrolled in classes at Purdue.

Overtime Pay

Students who work in excess of 40 hours weekly are eligible for overtime pay. Hours worked include all Purdue positions and overtime pay is charged to the account for the position worked when overtime status took effect.

Merit Pay

Student employees may be eligible for merit pay increases based on department specifications. Increases should be fair, consistent, and based on the employees work performance and contributions. Supervisors awarding a merit pay increase should also complete a formal performance evaluation with the student.

Federal Work-Study

All student positions qualify as Federal Work-Study eligible positions. Consult with the Division of Financial Aid for policies and procedures to employ work-study eligible students.

Pay Range & Position Classification

Pay Range and Position Classifications

Job Level

Pay Rate Range

Job Duties

Required Experience

Skill Level


Position Type

Student 1


$7.25 - $11.30

Duties are routine, general, and simple to perform; Minimal judgement needed

None to some limited experience and/or education required

No special skills necessary; training is provided

Work closely supervised; No supervision of other student employees

Entry Level

Student 2


$9.38 - $13.62

Duties are routine, but moderately difficult to perform; Elevated level of responsibility; Exercises some independent judgement

Some related experience and/or education necessary

Some acquired skills and specialized training necessary to perform job independently within scope

General supervision provided; peer coaching expectations; May supervise other student employees

Skilled Position

Student 3


$10.89 - $15.79

Duties are more complex and technical in nature; Moderate responsibility; Independent judgement and decision making necessary

Previous work experience or equivalent education required

Specific knowledge, special skills, and related experience required to perform  duties with minimal training

Work independently with supervisor involvement; May supervise other student employees

Advanced Skill, Technical Position; Lead Role

Student 4


$13.06 - $18.95

Specialty position and/or duties involving a high level of difficulty/complexity in a self-guided environment; High degree of responsibility and professionalism

Substantial previous work experience and education required

Significant amount of specialized training and special skills; Ability to execute tasks at the highest level

Self-directed, working independently under supervisor guidance; May supervise and direct the development of other student employees

Specialty Position; Professional Role, Internship

Table Last Updated: February 2022
All pay bands / ranges approved by Purdue University Human Resources in October of 2018.

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