Student Pay

What to pay a student co-op or intern is a common question. There’s no simple answer, but we are able to provide the list of average hourly wages below. Please keep in mind that student pay varies by field, industry, geographic location, and the student’s level of experience.

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**Data source: Student pay is self-reported through UC Professional Assessment and Learning (PAL) or Handshake by University of Cincinnati students on paid co-op experiencs summer 2022, fall 2022, and spring 2023.

Engineering and Applied Science Co-op Major

Average Hourly Wage

Aerospace Engineering $20.68
Architectural Engineering $19.49
Biomedical Engineering $19.50
Chemical Engineering $22.45
Civil Engineering $19.07
Computer Engineering $21.46
Computer Science $22.08
Construction Management $18.92
Electrical Engineering $21.69
Electrical Engineering Technology $19.67
Environmental Engineering $19.50
Mechanical Engineering $21.01
Mechanical Engineering Technology $20.15

IT Co-op Major

Average Hourly Wage

Cybersecurity $18.54
Information Technology (incl. IT-MS) $18.96

Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning Co-op Major

Average Hourly Wage

Bachelor of Science in Architecture $19.14
Fashion Design $16.18
Fine Arts $13.89
Communication Design $19.19
Industrial Design $19.20
Interior Design $19.61
Master of Design $24.05
Master of Community Planning $17.81
Master of Architecture $21.69
Urban Planning $17.41

A&S Co-op Major

Average Hourly Wage

Liberal Arts (incl. Communication) $16.65

Business Co-op Major

Average Hourly Wage

Accounting $22
Business Analytics $20
Economics $20
Entrepreneurship $18
Finance $20
Industrial Management $22
Information Systems $20
Insurance and Risk Management $19
International Business  $20
Marketing $18
Operations Management $20
Real Estate $18

On-Campus Co-op

Hourly Wage (Range)*

Majors vary Minimum wage to $14.00

*Some departments hire work-study students to maximize budgets by using federal work-study dollars to cover up to 75% of student wages.