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Graduate Program Salary Structure

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GRA salary determination process

Salaries are determined by evaluating students' current transcripts using the following criteria:

  • Salaries for graduate students are based on completion of 12 credit hours annually for the first two years of a Master's or PhD graduate program (BS+1, BS+2). Salaries are then based on satisfactory progress (minimum of one credit hour) towards degree after the second year of a Master's degree (MS+0 or degree awarded) or PhD program (BS+3, BS+4, BS+5).

Professional Salary Structure

Graduate Program - Student pursuing Masters and/or PhD Degrees
YearsDescriptionAnnualHourly
BS+0 Bachelor's Degree awarded, accepted/enrolled in graduate program $41,600 $20.00
BS+1 Completion of a miniumum of one academic year and at least 12 credit hours of graduate course work $44,720 $21.50
BS+2 Completion of a miniumum of two academic years and at least 24 credit hours of graduate course work (salary cap for students pursuing a Master's Degree) $47,320 $22.75
Post Masters Master's Degree awarded (Limited to a 1-year appointment) $50,440 $24.25
BS+3 or MS+0 Master's Degree awarded & accepted and enrolled in a doctorate program $50,440 $24.25
BS+4 or MS+1 Satisfactory progress toward Doctoral Degree (e.g., dissertation/thesis work - 1 hr. minimum credit per semester) $52,520 $25.25
BS+5 or MS+2 Satisfactory progress toward Doctoral Degree (e.g., dissertation/thesis work - 1 hr. minimum credit per semester) (Salary cap for PhD students) $55,120 $26.50

Science/Research Salary Structure

Graduate Program - Student pursuing Masters and/or PhD Degrees
YearsDescriptionAnnualHourly
BS+0 Bachelor's Degree awarded, accepted/enrolled in graduate program $48,360 $23.25
BS+1 Completion of a miniumum of one academic year and at least 12 credit hours of graduate course work $49,980 $24.03
BS+2 Completion of a miniumum of two academic years and at least 24 credit hours of graduate course work (salary cap for students pursuing a Master's Degree) $55,120 $26.50
Post Master's Master's Degree awarded (Limited to a 1-year appointment) $57,720 $27.75
BS+3 or MS+0 Master's Degree awarded & accepted and enrolled in a doctorate program $57,720 $27.75
BS+4 or MS+1 Satisfactory progress toward Doctoral Degree (e.g., dissertation/thesis work - 1 hr. minimum credit per semester) $60,840 $29.25
BS+5 or MS+2 Satisfactory progress toward Doctoral Degree (e.g., dissertation/thesis work - 1 hr. minimum credit per semester) (Salary cap for PhD students) $63,440 $30.50

Salary increases

Salaries are based on a student's level of education. Students receive a salary increase when:

  • The salary structure has been revised and/or
  • Documented completion of additional hours within the student's degree program enables the student to move to the next salary level
    or
  • Documented completion of a degree.

Salary increase effective dates

Salary increases will be effective after approvals have been obtained and posted to payroll.


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