Wage Ranges

Massachusetts Minimum Wage to Increase to $11.00 per Hour Effective January 1, 2017, the Massachusetts minimum wage will increase to $11.00 per hour. Harvard employers should process salary rate changes for students making below $11/hour to be effective no later than January 1st. All other Massachusetts based employers should adjust their rates accordingly.

The University, in most cases, does not mandate specific wages for particular student jobs. Employers who do not participate in the Federal Work Study Program may use the FWSP undergraduate and graduate pay rates as a guideline.

2016 - 2017 FWSP rates:

  • Undergrad minimum: $11.00
  • Graduate minimum: $13.50


 

General Student Employment Starting Rates

The following averages are based on jobs posted on the SEO Jobs Database.  If you are not participating in FWSP, you can pay the student an amount competitive within your own department.

Job title

Undergrad

Graduates

Front Desk / Office Assistant

$12.50

$14.00

Teaching Assistant

 

$13.50

Box Office Rep

$11.00

$11.00

Front Line Customer Service

$11.50

$11.75

IT/Computer Support

$12.50

$15.00

Tour Guide

$11.50

 

Desk Monitor

$11.00

$11.50

Research Assistant

$13.50

$16.50

Research Study Participant

$12.50

$15.00

Student Coordinator

$12.00

$15.00

Student Manager

$13.00

$17.00

Translator

$15.00

$16.50

Tutor

$12.75

$15.50

Web Developer

$20.00

$25.00

Writer

$12.00

$15.00

Off-Campus Child care

$15.00

$15.00

Snow Removal

$18.00

$18.00

Elderly Assistance

$15.00

$15.00

Library position

$12.25

$13.50

Barista

$11.00

$11.00

Lab Assistant

$12.50

$14.00