2) Getting Paid-Career and Professional Development Center - Carnegie Mellon University

2) Getting Paid

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Forms & Paperwork

Prior to your first day of work, you must complete the necessary onboarding steps to ensure you are paid accurately and promptly. Once your department adds your information to Workday, CMU’s human resource system, you will receive an email with onboarding steps in the form of checklist. As a first-time student employee at Carnegie Mellon University, you must complete the Form I-9 which is for employment eligibility verification. All I-9 forms are processed at the CMUWorks Service Center, located in the University Technology Development Center on 4516 Henry Street, Pittsburgh, PA.  For questions, contact the CMUWorks Service Center at 412.268.4600 or cmu-works@andrew.cmu.edu

Student Payment of Earnings

All students employed on campus with bi-weekly appointments are required to complete and submit their hours to be approved in Workday.
Money earned is paid directly to the student employee through either a bi-weekly paycheck or by deposit into a direct deposit into a checking or savings account.  A valid Social Security Number in the Workday system is required to set up direct deposit.  

Pay Rates

Students must be paid at least minimum wage ($7.25/hour as of 7/1/2009) for all jobs. There is no maximum hourly wage unless the job requires that the student have a work-study award in order to apply. For federal work-study and community service federal work-study jobs, the maximum rate per hour is $12.00 for undergraduates and $16.00 for graduate students


If you have an hourly position, you must enter and submit your hours in Workday and your hours must be approved prior to the bi-weekly pay processing deadline in order to be paid.  Students may work a total of 40.0 hours per week. International students with F1 or J1 visas are allowed by immigration regulations to work on-campus for up to 20 hours per week when school is in session and full time during summer and winter holidays. International students should consult the Office of International Education (Warner Hall, third floor, 412.268.5231) for detailed information about employment regulations.