Student Employees - Human Resources at Ohio State

Student Employees

Student employees at The Ohio State University are individuals enrolled at the university on a full-time or part-time basis, and who are hired to support a college or business unit. Student employment is considered temporary due to the nature of the work, hours worked, rate of pay and benefit eligibility. These positions are intended to supplement operational needs, and not to replace regular employees.

Visit HR Policies and Forms to review the university’s Student Employment Policy. Approved student employee titles and position descriptions can also be found in the Job Classifications tool.

Salary Guidelines and Expectations

Hourly rates for student employees must be between $8.55 (hourly minimum) and $14.17 (hourly maximum). A student’s rate of pay should not be based on the number of hours worked or the funding availability. The rate of pay for a student position should be determined by reviewing the following factors:

  • Prior related work experience
  • History of work experience in the department
  • Range and complexity of duties
  • Knowledge and skill requirements
  • Courses completed toward related degree
  • Equity, including the salary relationships with other student employees in the unit

Salary increases for students should not be based solely on the length of time in the position. Increases should be based on merit, measuring performance along with internal equity. Exceptions to pay higher than the maximum should be rare and must be approved by the Office of Human Resources (OHR). Exceptions must be made in writing and should include written justification, a brief job description and/or any other relevant supporting documentation. Submit the request to Exceptions must be approved prior to extending an offer to the student employee.