What to pay a co-op or intern is a common question. Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer. Wages vary by field, industry, geographic location, and the student’s level of experience.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers publishes articles about compensation and an annual Guide to Compensation for Interns and Co-ops (purchase required).
For on-campus part-time co-ops, pay typically ranges from $8.55 to $14.00 per hour. Some departments hire work-study students to maximize their budgets by using federal work-study dollars to cover up to 75% of student wages.
For full-time co-op positions, the tables below show hourly pay rates as self-reported by University of Cincinnati students on full-time co-op assignments in 2019-2020. Download co-op wage data as a one-page PDF.