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Do TA's get paid?

Shaggy007Shaggy007 Registered User Posts: 851 Member
edited September 2011 in College Life
If they do, how much?
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Replies to: Do TA's get paid?

  • RoxSoxRoxSox Registered User Posts: 2,179 Senior Member
    Yes they do, I don't know how much though, it probably depends. It is a good deal more than your typical hourly job, but I am sure it requires a lot more work.
  • icedragonicedragon Registered User Posts: 2,170 Senior Member
    yes, i think its considered a workstudy job and no clue.
  • queenthethirdqueenthethird Registered User Posts: 167 Junior Member
    I just started as an undergrad TA and I'm getting paid. Still have no clue how much though but it'll probably be close to minimum wage. But yeah graduate TA's get paid. My guess is around 12-16 and hour.
  • uw2014uw2014 Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member
    Yes, but not much at all. Some get their tuition waived if they teach.
  • demeterdemeter Registered User Posts: 1,367 Senior Member
    As an undergrad TA, I was paid $1500/semester, which was definitely enough for books, spending money, and some savings.

    But I've also met people who weren't paid at all but instead were given academic credit (I think this is relatively rare, though).
  • meShannonmeShannon User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 277 Junior Member
    I know a lot of graduate students going to school for the sciences that TA and their tuition is waived. At the one school, if your lab group's PI can't support to pay your tuition (if he's having issues getting grants and funding) then you TA for a lab class every semester and your tuition is waived that way. They also get stipends for about $25k a year simply for being in graduate school.
  • spdfspdf Registered User Posts: 955 Member
    At a major state university, a graduate student TA in science can expect to get an annual stipend of about $25k along with an out-of-state tuition waiver, but might still have to pay in-state tuition. The $25k isn't payment for being in grad school, it's a salary for the TA position (they're not paid hourly). Graduate TA's are usually given what is called a 20-hour appointment, but it's understood that they really won't be working that many hours each week. Making them half-time on paper qualifies them for university health benefits. If the supervising professor has research money, the grad student can go on a research assistantship instead of a teaching assistantship and receive a similar (though usually slightly lower) salary for doing their graduate research. Guidelines for undergraduate TA's vary by institution, but graduate TA's are all in the same approximate ballpark.
  • b@r!umb@r!um Registered User Posts: 9,910 Senior Member
    A few more data points:

    At my former undergraduate college, undergraduate TAs are paid by the hour. (Currently at a rate of $9.25, I think. Crappy but a few cents more than any other job on campus.)

    Undergraduate math TAs at a private research university in the same city got $5,000 per course. Graduate math TAs at the same university got roughly $10,000, a tuition waiver and health insurance for the exact same job.

    In my current department at a different private research university, graduate math TAs get about $7,500 per quarter course plus a tuition waiver and health insurance. Undergraduate TAs get around $15 per hour.
  • hyperJuliehyperJulie Registered User Posts: 1,542 Senior Member
    I'm an undergraduate TA for psych 101 and I get academic credit. I wish it was a paycheck. :P
  • marcdvlmarcdvl Registered User Posts: 1,315 Senior Member
    $9 an hour is what I heard for Wash U...As a CS major I can just sit in a lab and do homework when no one's there though (which I assume is most of the time).
  • Mojo91Mojo91 Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
    what is a TA?
  • polarscribepolarscribe Registered User Posts: 3,232 Senior Member
    spdf wrote:
    Graduate TA's are usually given what is called a 20-hour appointment, but it's understood that they really won't be working that many hours each week.

    Ha! Actually, they usually work more than 20 hours per week.
    spdf wrote:
    If the supervising professor has research money, the grad student can go on a research assistantship instead of a teaching assistantship and receive a similar (though usually slightly lower) salary for doing their graduate research.

    This is precisely backwards - RAs are usually paid more than TAs. Research grants tend to be more generous than university funding, plus research is considered "more prestigious" than teaching.

    I'm an RA at Indiana University and receive an $11,000 stipend paid monthly from September to April, health insurance and a full tuition/fee waiver (worth about $22,000). My field isn't very well funded and hence the stipend is comparatively low.
  • polarscribepolarscribe Registered User Posts: 3,232 Senior Member
    Mojo91 wrote:
    what is a TA?

    Short for Teaching Assistant. They, well, assist professors in their teaching responsibilities - running labs, grading papers, proctoring exams, leading review sessions, providing extra tutoring, etc.

    At the graduate level, TAs often take sole responsibility for teaching classes - they're usually known then as Graduate Student Instructors or Associate Instructors.
  • queenthethirdqueenthethird Registered User Posts: 167 Junior Member
    $9 an hour is what I heard for Wash U...As a CS major I can just sit in a lab and do homework when no one's there though (which I assume is most of the time).

    I just found out I'm getting paid $10 an hour as an undergrad to sit on my butt and grade stuff and answer questions :P
  • marcdvlmarcdvl Registered User Posts: 1,315 Senior Member
    At the rate I'm going, I'll be able to pay for modern warfare 3 by November with TA money...take that school!
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