Student Salary Update

Ohio University’s annual budget for student salaries has declined over the past four years, reflecting hiring challenges and vacancies, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The share of the university budget allocated to student salaries has also decreased.

For FY18, the university spent $18.6 million on student salaries, according to the university’s 2021-22 budget book. The university has budgeted $16.7 million for student salaries for FY21. However, it only plans to spend $7.8 million, less than half of the budgeted amount. Graduate student salaries have remained constant, with a cost of approximately $22 million per year.

“There has been a historical trend at the university to budget all active and open positions which has resulted in savings on year-end vacancies,” the budget book notes.

Jim Sabin, a university spokesperson, said some units on campus have struggled to recruit enough students to fill vacancies, despite increased incentives, which likely contributed to the gap. of this year.

The university offers a variety of jobs in sectors ranging from culinary and coffee jobs to library and office work for students to choose from. The largest employer of students on campus is Culinary Services, which handles the preparation of meals in the university dining halls, the management of campus markets and cafes, and university catering services.

According to the OU website, students employed by Culinary Services can work anywhere from four to 25 hours per week during the semester depending on needs and academic schedules. Makenna Burton, a second-year studio art and graphic design student, said flexible hours and schedules are one of the reasons she chose to work in cafes on campus.

“Student jobs are more school-focused,” Burton said. “So if you have classes and stuff, it’s about working around your classes. They don’t get mad if you have to be like, ‘Hey, I’m going to class.’

Burton works about 15 hours in cafes each week and said she enjoyed her time meeting people and learning skills like latte art. Additionally, she said she felt adequately compensated for her work.

Level 1 student positions in Culinary Services start at $10 per hour, unless otherwise noted, with the possibility of annual increases, according to the Culinary Services website. Level 2 positions, including catering, dish attendants, waiters and bartenders, start at $11 per hour.

The state of Ohio recently passed an increase in minimum wage from $8.80 to $9.30 per hour, which is $2.05 more than the federal minimum wage. Many student employees of UO are paid at least $10 an hour starting wage.

Despite the pay rates, Culinary Services is also one of the units on campus that has had particular difficulty hiring students in 2021. Staffing shortages have led the department to use paper plates and silverware plastic at the start of the academic year, as well as increasing hiring efforts through employment. mass hiring fairs and events, according to precedent To post report.

University libraries employ up to 200 students each year in positions such as collection processing and digitization, cataloging, ordering, technology service, office work and more. In addition to the hourly paid work option, students can also work through a federal work-study program or the Career Exploration Assistance Program, or PACE, a work program internship type via OU.

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