Guidelines for Rates of Pay and Benefits for Research Personnel

Neither the University nor the FoE sets pay rates for grant-funded personnel. The typical salary range for the FoE research personnel are offered below as guidelines.

Recommended minimum stipend amounts

  • Master students:  $12,000/year or $4,000/semester
  • Doctoral students: $15,000/year or $5,000/semester

SFU’s student hourly wage rates:

Research Assistants

Minimum Hourly

Benefits @ 12%

Minimum Total

Maximum Hourly

Benefits @ 12%

Maximum Total

Undergraduate

$15.00

$1.80

$16.80

$23.00

$2.76

$25.76

Masters

$15.00

$1.80

$16.80

$31.00

$3.72

$34.72

Ph.D.

$18.00

$2.16

$20.16

$36.50

$4.38

$40.88

Note: “Benefits” includes statutory welfare benefits of 8% of salary and statutory holiday pay of 4%. Either percentage may be increased by law, or may vary by individual. For budgeting purposes, the 12% figure should be used.