# How much co-op pays roughly?

1. Aug 17, 2008

### th3plan

Hey im gonna do co-op next year and wondering how much it pays roughly. What have people who done it got? What year you did co-op?

2. Aug 17, 2008

This question is very hard to answer seeing as pay depends on: Location, employer, year of study, program of study, etc...

That's like asking: "How much will I make at my future job?" without giving us any further details!

3. Aug 17, 2008

### chasely

It will most likely depend on where you live. Here in the midwest, the average pay for my university's program is a little north a $15/hour. That ends up bringing in around$10,000 for the semester.

If you live on one of the coasts or a big city, you will get more in correlation to the living costs.

4. Aug 18, 2008

I just accepted a co-op at Redstone Arsenal and the pay is $12/hour. However, they are paying for tuition every semester until I graduate. If I were to break down that amount and spread it over sixteen 40 hour work weeks, it winds up being much more than other co-ops at my school that make 17-18 an hour. So look at all the aspects, not just the hourly rate. 5. Aug 18, 2008 ### Defennder Wow you guys are lucky. Where I live, the allowance is only about$8/hour.

6. Aug 18, 2008

### porums

Are you sure they will pay you after the work ?
I know some are very 'careful' before they decide to pay their workers even when it passed the deadline for days

7. Aug 18, 2008

### Defennder

Don't you have to sign some kind of legally-binding agreement with them before you commence? How could they not pay you then?

8. Aug 18, 2008

### Rocket254

It is an alternating co-op. I start spring of '09, they pay for a study semester (Summer 09) and I work again in the fall. It works out so that the study semester after my 3rd work term will be the semester that I graduate.

9. Aug 18, 2008

My lucky friend (we have finished first year) is making 22$/hr - He had ~70 % marks (almost average). He's just an average guy who talks more than what he know (and it would sound complete BS) :rofl: Last edited: Aug 18, 2008 10. Aug 18, 2008 ### DylanB jerk.. and here I am first in my class, making$13/hr and working in a town with a population of 5000, because I'm the only one the employer ranked!

I think the averages published at U Waterloo are something like $14-15/hr for first years and increasing to slightly over$20/hr as you near graduation. This would be in Canada, and most average companies will follow something along these lines.

11. Aug 18, 2008

### rootX

I am working at 14 from home

12. Aug 20, 2008

### Rocket254

hehe. Ok, here's a breakdown

Fall '08 -> Full load of classes
Spring '09 -> 1st work term
Summer '09 -> School semester
Fall '09 -> 2nd Work Term
Spring '10 -> School semester
Summer '10 -> 3rd and final work term
Fall '10 -> Last school semester and graduation.