Teaching Assistant Wage Information

TA Wages

We are in the process of moving to a new TA pay structure that will be fully implemented for Winter Semester 2021.  For new TA, where Fall 2020 is their first semester working for the department, will start under this new system. However, returning TA's we will be working under the older system that is detailed below for Fall 2020.


Basic Level

Wages for TAs are based on total number of college credit hours (not just BYU credit hours) and on the completion of certain introductory physics courses.

Level 1: No criteria.

Level 2: 41 credit hours

Level 3: 76 credit hours and completion of physics 121, 123, 220 with at least a B-.

Level 4: 111 credit hours and completion of physics 121, 123, 220, 222 with at least a B-.


2018-19 School Year pay rates

Level 1, $10.50/hr

Level 2, $11.00/hr

Level 3, $11.50/hr

Level 4, $12.00/hr


Experience credit

We boost your pay by $0.50/hour for every 2 1/2 semesters you work for us. Spring and Summer terms count as 1/2 semester each.

Working Fall, Winter and Spring will give you a $0.50 raise. Working Fall, Winter, and the following Fall will give you a raise at the beginning of the next Winter semester.

Experimental Lab TA credit

We will boost your pay by $0.25/hour if you are currently working as a TA in an experimental lab class. These labs include Physics 107, 108, 140, 145, 240, and 245.

This pay increase applies to all assignments you receive that semester. If you work both a lab assignment and a grading assignment, the lab TA credit applies to both jobs.

This credit is not permanent, but only applies the semester/term when you actually work in the lab.

Department pay cap

There is a department pay cap of $13.00/hour for undergraduate TAs. If your experience and Lab TA credits make your pay go over $13.00/hour, we will have to cap it at that level.