How much do teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships pay?
For 2005–2006, the entry-level TA salary is around $1,370 per month. Here is the current salary scale; entering students are paid at the rate listed under Teaching Assistant, Schedule #1 (Appointees Eligible for Fee Waiver). In later years, most students get promoted to the level of Predoctoral Teaching Associate I, and students who teach their own sections of courses are usually paid at the level of Predoctoral Teaching Associate II or higher. Students supported by research assistantships or fellowships are paid at a higher rate. Each year we make a number of offers to PhD applicants that include, in addition to TA appointments, merit awards that serve to raise the stipend to a point significantly higher than the TA salary. We usually don’t know the exact pay scale for the coming year until after the admissions process is completed, because the pay scale is set each year by the UW Board of Regents after the state legislature decides on its salary appropriation.