Improving Pay for GTAs

Mike Rounds, Chief Human Resources Officer
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 4:42 p.m.
KU Graduate Teaching Assistants

Graduate Teaching Assistants,

I am pleased to formally announce that the University of Kansas and the Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition (GTAC) have reached an agreement that provides an increase to the base minimum salary for GTAs for the 2022-23 academic year. Graduate Teaching Assistants are key contributors to KU’s academic mission, and this base increase aligns with the 5% salary adjustment for most faculty and staff.

What Does This Mean for You?

Students who were in a GTA appointment any time between August 18, 2021 – May 16, 2022 will be eligible for a 5% increase. The Memorandum of Agreement also establishes a new base minimum salary of $18,650 for a .50 FTE academic year appointment. All compensation rates will be prorated based on the FTE assigned.

  • If you were employed as a GTA at any time during the 2021-2022 academic year, you will get a 5% increase or be brought up to the new minimum, whichever is more.

  • If you were not employed as a KU GTA during the 2021-2022 academic year and you currently make less than the new minimum, you will be brought up to the new minimum.

  • If you were not employed as a KU GTA during 2021-2022 academic year and you are currently making more than the new minimum, your pay will remain at your current level.

The GTA salary adjustment may be applied retroactively to Aug. 18, 2022, or based on your hire date if later. The increase will be reflected on your Oct. 14 paycheck. The retroactive portion, if applicable, is also scheduled to be paid on Oct. 14 with each pay period listed separately.

You will receive an email next week from Human Resource Management confirming whether you are eligible for the compensation adjustment and, if so, details on how and when you can expect to receive your retroactive increase.

We appreciate all you do to ensure the success of our students and our academic programs and the university community. Together, we are making progress toward our vision to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each member and advances society.

Please contact Human Resource Management at if you have questions about the GTAC Memorandum of Agreement, the salary increase, or other employment-related questions.



Mike Rounds

Chief Human Resources Officer