The pay scale for most jobs begins at minimum wage. Washington State minimum wage for 2023 is $15.74 and is adjusted on January 1 each year. Students with advanced skills may be paid more. Also, students who stay in their jobs and whose skill levels increase may receive periodic raises.

All students working on campus are covered by workers’ compensation but are not covered by unemployment insurance.


All students employed on campus are paid every other week. Payments are electronically deposited directly into a bank account at any U.S. bank, savings and loan association, or credit union of the student’s choice. In most cases, students have instant access to their money through automated teller machines even when banks are closed.

Students may opt to have a percentage of their net wages (after taxes) applied to their student account. Students wishing to have this option should sign the "Voluntary Authorization for Payroll Deduction" form available online at the Student Employment office.