Calculating Your Pay

Our contract (Appendix A) contains the minimum stipend amounts by month. Of course, departments are free to pay above the minimums (and several departments do so). In 2009, MSU changed to a biweekly pay schedule for TAs. Below is a method for comparing your biweekly gross amount to the contract minimums as well as a schedule of minimum amounts converted to biweekly stipends.

BEWARE: Doubling your biweekly paychecks does not correspond to a monthly paycheck because 4 weeks is not precisely a month. The 2 or 3 extra days in most months amount to about $70 – $100.


Determining If Your Pay Is Correct

  • Your first paycheck comes on Friday, September 6, 2013.  To determine if you are being paid the correct amount with that first paycheck, do the following:

1) Obtain your gross pay for the pay period from ebs.msu.edu .

2) Divide that number by 9 (the number of days in the first pay period).

3) Multiply that number by 138 (the number of work days in the semester).

4) Compare the resulting number with what you were told your semester stipend would be.  Alternatively, multiply the result of step 3 by 2 to compare with what you were told your yearly stipend would be.  If there is a significant difference, contact us at geu@geuatmsu.org .

  • Subsequent paychecks will come every other Friday.  To determine if you are being paid the correct amount with those paychecks, do the following:

1) Obtain your gross pay for the pay period from ebs.msu.edu .

2) Divide that number by 14 (the number of days in a typical pay period).

3) Multiply that number by 138 (the number of work days in the semester).

4) Compare the resulting number with what you were told your semester stipend would be.  Alternatively, multiply the result of step 3 by 2 to compare with what you were told your yearly stipend would be.  If there is a significant difference, contact us at geu@geuatmsu.org .

  • To determine what your normal biweekly pay will be based on your first paycheck, do the following:

1) Obtain your gross pay for the pay period from ebs.msu.edu .

2) Divide that number by 9 (the number of days in the first pay period).

3) Multiply that number by 14 (the number of work days in a typical pay period).


As a result of the resolution for the Summer 2013 stipend grievance, minimum biweekly stipends were modified so that the same problem does not re-occur in Summer 2014. The minimum biweekly stipend amounts were increased to reflect the week of employment that the payroll system was unable to account for. The new Summer 2014 schedule is below:

Summer 2014 Schedule of Minimum Biweekly Stipends

  • Level 1, 1/4 time: $351
  • Level 1, 1/2 time: $702
  • Level 1, 3/4 time: $1053
  • Level 2, 1/4 time: $387
  • Level 2, 1/2 time: $774
  • Level 2, 3/4 time: $1161
  • Level 3, 1/4 time: $405
  • Level 3, 1/2 time: $810
  • Level 3, 3/4 time: $1215

Note: The first and last paychecks in the employment period may not be for a full 14 days, and thus may have a lower gross than is indicated in this schedule.

 

 

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