Effective August 13, 2017, CU Boulder is implementing a new, simplified on-campus student hourly pay plan. This plan streamlines the student job classifications from 6 to 4 and outlines the pay increases required by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Job Titles, Codes & Pay Ranges

2017-18 Academic Year
(Job codes are the same for the academic year & summer.)

Title Job Code Pay Range
Aug. 2017 - Dec. 2017
Pay Range
Jan. 2018 - Aug. 2018
Student Assistant I - Entry/Semi-Skilled 4101 $9.30 - $16.21 $10.20 - $16.21
Student Assistant II - Intermediate/Advanced 4102 $11.10 - $19.11 $11.10 - $19.11
Student Assistant III - Specialist/Lead 4103 $12.95 - $22.29 $12.95 - $22.29
Student Assistant IV - Paraprofessional 4104 $16.33 - $28.10 $16.33 - $28.10

* Pay Ranges go into effect on 8/13/17 for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Minimum wage is scheduled to increase each year through 2020. (View the increase by year.) We will update our website in advance of each increase.


Student Job Descriptions

Below are our student job classifications, working titles and pay ranges.

Using Midpoints in Salary Ranges: We recommend that you start a new hire between the minimum and the midpoint in the appropriate job code. This will leave enough room in the pay range for merit and longevity increases in the case than an employee continues to do the same job function over time. They do not need to be moved to a new job code simply to receive a pay raise.

Student Assistant I - Entry Level/Semi-Skilled:

Student Assistant I Pay Range
Min. Mid. Max.
$9.30 $12.81 $16.21
  • Little or no prior experience or education required.
  • Considerable training done on-the-job.
  • Work is under immediate supervision (methods of performing tasks are well established and explained in specific terms).
  • Work assignments typically involve standardized duties that are of a routine and repetitive nature.
  • Work assignments may include the use of special equipment, software applications or tools per an established procedure.
  • The supervisor has responsibility for the assignment of work, the flow of work, production level, and provision of proper instructions.
  • Jobs require limited to no independent judgment, analysis, or decision making skills.
  • Some jobs may not move beyond this level.

Sample working titles: Security Intern, Custodian I, Cashier, Event Staff-Entry Level/Intern, Administrative Asst. – Entry Level, Student Editor, AV Tech, Payroll Assistant, Childcare Aide, Sales Assistant, Driver/Dispatcher


Student Assistant II - Intermediate/Advanced:

Student Assistant II Pay Range
Min. Mid. Max.
$11.10 $15.11 $19.11
  • Some previous knowledge, experience or education required.
  • Specialized training done on-the-job.
  • Work is under general supervision (work objectives are set but methods of performing tasks are left up to the employee).
  • Work assignments are varied and less routine and involve a moderate degree of responsibility.
  • Work assignments may involve access to and use of sophisticated and/or confidential data systems such as PS Campus Solutions, PS Finance, PS HCM, etc. for which considerable training is required.
  • The supervisor has responsibility for the assignment of work, however there is less control exercised over the flow of work and instructions given are more general.
  • The employee is responsible for the results.
  • Jobs require moderate independent judgment, analysis, and decision making skills.
  • Some jobs may not move beyond this level.

Sample working titles: Accounting Assistant, Marketing Assistant, Lead AV Tech, Payroll Lead, Lead Peer Advisor, Assistant Manager, Graphic Designer, Event & Catering Supervisor, Head Lifeguard


Student Assistant III - Specialist/Lead:

Student Assistant III Pay Range
Min. Mid. Max.
$12.95 $17.62 $22.29
  • Prior experience, education or specialized skills required.
  • Work is under general supervision (work objectives are set but methods of performing tasks are left up to the employee).
  • Work assignments involve a broad variety of skilled tasks.
  • Jobs require the application of considerable independent judgment and decision making.
  • Students at this level may have the responsibility to direct the work of lower-level student employees.

Sample working titles: Senior Assistant Manager, Assistant Director, Weight Room Coordinator, Security Chief, Front Desk Manager, IT Technician


Student Assistant IV - Paraprofessional:

Student Assistant IV Pay Range
Min. Mid. Max.
$16.33 $22.22 $28.10
  • Specialized knowledge or previous experience required, or the student has successfully demonstrated the ability to perform the judgment and skilled assignments representative of his/her field of study.
  • Work is under limited supervision (perform without direct supervision except for infrequent occasions involving the most complex situations).
  • Work assignments are highly technical and/or complex and the methodology may or may not be prescribed.
  • Jobs involve a significant degree of responsibility and judgment.
  • The work is typically within the student’s course of study at the senior or graduate level.
  • Frequently will include the responsibility for coordinating the work of lower-level student employee.

Sample working titles: Director, Office/Sales Manager, Data Supervisor, Senior Accounting Technician, Engineering/Science/IT Professional, Legal Assistant