Graduate Student Salary and OPE rates by Department (FY19)

GRAs are appointed from 0.40 - 0.49 FTE in the College of Science, depending on the project and scope of work. See the graduate school link for more information on graduate assistants. (last updated March 2019).

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 Annual Salary FTE Monthly Salary Number months Annual salary
Biochemistry & Biophysics Starting (then 2% increase/year)  $42,440  0.45  $2,122  9  $19,098 
Chemistry Starting salary (then 2%)  $47,745  0.40  $2,122  9  $19,098 
Integrative Biology Starting salary (then 2%)  $45,495  0.40  $2,022  9  $18,198 
Mathematics 1st Year  $43,073  0.40  $1,914  9  $17,229 
2nd Year  $43,489  0.40  $1,933  9  $17,395 
3rd Year, no quals  $44,345 0.40  $1,971  9  $17,738 
Quals  $45,013 0.40  $2,001  9  $18,005 
Preliminary Exam  $45,700 0.40  $2,031  9  $18,280 
Microbiology Starting (then 2%)  $36,738  0.49  $2,000  9  $18,002 
Physics Starting (then 2%)  $48,218  0.40  $2,143  9  $19,287 
Statistics 1st Year  $40,005  0.45  $2,000  9  $18,002 
2nd Year  $40,816  0.45  $2,041  9  $18,367 
3rd Year  $41,616  0.45  $2,081  9  $18,727 
4th Year  $42,453  0.45  $2,123  9  $19,104