Graduate Student Salary and OPE rates by Department

Calculations assume the GA is supported for 12 months. GRAs are appointed from 0.40 - 0.49 FTE typically in the College of Science, depending on the project and scope of work. See the graduate school link for more information on graduate assistants.

Please note: Graduate Assistant appointments at OSU are ultimately governed by the contract agreement between OSU and the Coalition of Graduate Employees, American Federation of Teachers Local 6069. Departments should consult the Office of Human Resources and the CGE contract for definitive employment rules and regulations concerning Graduate Assistant appointments. The CGE contract takes precedence over all other published information.

All graduate assistants are required:

  • To be a regularly admitted, conditionally admitted, or provisionally admitted graduate student at Oregon State University (i.e., not a graduate non-degree-seeking, postbaccalaureate student, or PharmD or DVM student).
  • To be enrolled as a full-time degree-seeking graduate student at Oregon State University, completing a minimum of 12 credits of instruction each term (3 credits during summer session). Audit registrations, course withdrawals, and enrollment in INTO OSU may not be used to satisfy these minimum enrollment requirements.
  • To be making satisfactory progress toward an advanced degree.
Department Description 1.0 FTE Rate Typical FTE Actual Monthly Salary Actual Annual Salary
Biochemistry & Biophysics Starting $57,708 0.49 $2,164 $25,969
Chemistry Starting (2% increase thereafter) $62,340 0.40 $2,078 $24,936
Integrative Biology Starting (2% increase thereafter) $60,660 0.40 $2,022 $25,264
Mathematics 1st Year $57,430 0.40 $1,914 $22,972
  2nd Year $57,985 0.40 $1,933 $23,194
  3rd Year no Quals $60,018 0.40 $2,001 $24,007
  Prelim Exam $60,933 0.40 $2,031 $24,374
Microbiology Starting (2% Increase thereafter) $48,984 0.49 $2,000 $24,002
Physics Starting (2% increase thereafter) $51,967 0.49 $2,122 $25,464
Statistics 1st Year $53,340 0.45 $,2000 $24,003
  2nd Year $54,421 0.45 $2,041 $24,490
  3rd Year $55,488 0.45 $2,081 $24,970
  4th Year $56,604 0.45 $2,123 $25,472