Graduate TAs are paid monthly, and appointment levels -- i.e., TA, TA1, TA2 -- are based on academic progress. The following salaries are based on a full-time appointment; most graduate TA responsibilities are full time or half time (coupled with a half-time RA appointment). Graduate TAs with a full appointment will not be required to work more than 220 hours per quarter, for an average of 20 hours a week; work responsibilities shall not exceed 30 hours in a given week except by TA consent. Graduate TAs with less than a full appointment will have their hours appropriately prorated.
Academic Student Employees (ASEs), which include TA and RA positions, are covered by the UAW/UW Academic Student Employee union contract. The union contract governs policies and procedures for appointments, salary, job definitions and leave time. You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with this contract.
"Full appointment" grad assistanships (20 hours a week) provide a tuition waiver and health insurance through the Graduate Appointee Insurance Program (GAIP). Your offer letter from the hiring department will confirm the length of employment, salary and benefits eligibility.
Graduate TA Salary (monthly)*
(Note: the following salaries are for the 2020-2021 academic year ending June 30, 2021 and will be updated upon ratification of a new UAW Academic Student Employees (ASEs) contract.)
- TA: $2,989 (Master's students)
- TA1: $3,124 (Ph.D. students, pre-generals)
- TA2: $3,242 (Ph.D. students, post-generals)
*TA stipends during the summer are 20% higher than during other quarters of the Academic Year