Central Michigan University hires more than 5,000 students each fiscal year, working an average of 9.5 hours per week at $8.05 per hour, according to Student Employment Services Manager Jon Goodwin.
The Three-Tier System
Payment depends on a wage scale that determines pay on a classification system based on job duties and minimum skill level.
There are three payment levels: S1, S2 and S3. Departments can set their own starting wage for student employees as long as they do not exceed the maximum wage for the pay level, meaning some students working S2 and S3 jobs can still make minimum wage, despite working a more demanding job.
S1 jobs are entry-level and described as routine tasks requiring minimal or developing skills where direct supervision is needed. S2 positions have expanded responsibilities with less supervision and a need for some developed skills.
S3 is the least common tier and deals with specialized work. Jobs require well-developed skills with little to no direct supervision. Rates set within the S3 level that are above $9.45 an hour require the approval of senior management and Student Employment.
Goodwin said Student Employment Services have not changed pay rates in a few years.
“With the economy the way its been, we haven’t really evaluated it for a few years,” Goodwin said. “The last time we changed it was 2008, and that was a time when the economy started going south.”