Career Center & Student Employment

Student Employee Wage Rates

Student Employee Wage Rates 2021 (effective 1/1/2021) (PDF)
Student Employee Wage Rates 2020 (effective 1/1/2020) (PDF)

As you may be aware, California minimum wage is increasing by $1/hour for the next two years until it reaches $15/hour (see chart below). As such, our student employee wage rates will increase by $1.00/hour effective January 1, 2021 (with the exception of students currently making over $15/hr.). Please know that campus administration is working on options to mitigate the impacts of these increased wage rates. 

Schedule for California Minimum Wage rate changes*
DateMinimum Wage for Employers with 26 Employees or More
January 1, 2017$10.50/hour
January 1, 2018$11.00/hour
January 1, 2019$12.00/hour
January 1, 2020$13.00/hour
January 1, 2021$14.00/hour
January 1, 2022$15.00/hour

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As a reminder, all pay rates for student employee classifications I, II, and III, will be adjusted automatically by HRIS and there will be no need to submit new Student Employment Authorization forms to facilitate the new rate. However, these changes will not be reflected in CMS until after January 15, 2021 and after all of the December payroll has been processed. Pay rates for the student employee IV classification that are currently less than the “new” SE IV minimum ($15.00/hr.) will be adjusted automatically. Student employee pay rates equal to or greater than $15.00/hr. will not be changed.