Compensation & Tax Withholding

Compensation Schedule

GA compensation adheres to the schedule below (based on 0.50 FTE per year) approved by the UH Board of Regents. Newly appointed GAs are compensated at a pay step recommended by the department or unit of hire. GAs with research duties are usually appointed at pay steps depending on their qualifications and experiences, the needs of their departments or units, and the availability of funds. After two semesters of satisfactory service, GAs may receive a step increase.

Step 9-Month Appointment 11-Month Appointment
1 $14,382 $16,830
2 $14,958 $17,502
3 $15,558 $18,204
4 $16,182 $18,930
5 $16,830 $19,686
6 $17,502 $20,472
7 $18,204 $21,288
8 $18,930 $22,140
9 $19,686 $23,028
10 $20,472 $23,952
11 $21,288 $24,912
12 $22,140 $25,908
13 $23,028 $26,946
14 $23,952 $28,026
15 $24,912 $29,148
16 $25,908 $30,312
17 $26,946 $31,524
18 $28,026 $32,784
19 $29,148 $34,098
20 $30,312 $35,460

Tax Withholding

For both types of appointment, the annual compensation is paid out in bi-monthly installments over a period of 12 months, and subject to both federal and state income tax withholding. GAs who are full-time students are exempt from the FICA tax. GAs who work during the summer without maintaining their full-time student status are subject to the PTS Deferred Compensation tax (7.5 percent of gross pay) and the Medicare tax (1.45 percent of gross pay).