Carnegie Mellon University

Teaching Assistant Compensation

For those working as a TA for the first time, care must be taken to complete any paperwork that the Workday Service Center requires. This includes the Form I-9 Employment Verification, which is required by federal law for both citizens and non-citizens employment in the United States within three days of the start date. More information is provided on the Workday website.

Please be aware that there will be a set number of hours that a TA is expected to work on a weekly basis, on average that would be around 10 hours a week. That can vary from class to class, so the time expected will be communicated by the course instructor. TAs should not be working more than 20 hours a week.

Ph.D. and Master’s student TAs are paid twice a month based on a monthly stipend amount. For confirmation on the exact amount, please contact the department’s business manager, Laura Butler.

Undergraduate TAs are paid bi-weekly, based on the hourly rates communicated in the offer letter sent by the department. Undergraduate TAs must enter all of their hours (including any TA training) at the end of each two-week pay period into Workday. Hours not added within that pay period may not be considered for that period.

Questions regarding compensation are to be directed to Christina Vesel-Kleinhampl.