Earnings for United States Work Terms

Average earnings for United States Work Terms in 2021*

All US undergraduate work term data is self-reported by students and presented in US Dollars (USD) from the period of January-December 2021.
Faculty / program Work
term 1
Work
term 2
Work
term 3
Work
term 4
Work
term 5
Work
term 6

Faculty of Engineering

Includes: 

Architecture

Software Engineering

$21.30 USD
(average)
Low: $14.00
High: $33.00
$26.80 USD
(average)
Low: $14.00
High: $48.00
$29.80 USD
(average)
Low: $16.00
High: $52.00
$30.95 USD
(average)
Low: $17.00
High: $63.00
$33.40 USD
(average)
Low: $15.00
High: $65.00
$33.80 USD
(average)
Low: $17.00
High: $62.50

Faculty of Mathematics

Includes:

Actuarial Science 

Computer Science 

Computing & Financial Management

$28.08 USD
(average)
Low: $14.60
High: $40.00
$30.82 USD
(average)
Low: $16.00
High: $54.00
$33.65 USD
(average)
Low: $19.00
High: $56.00
$34.50 USD
(average)
Low: $18.00
High: $54.00
$37.15 USD
(average)
Low: $21.00
High: $62.00
$37.60 USD
(average)
Low: $21.50
High: $60.00

*While students from all faculties completed co-op work terms with US employers, only those with sufficient sample size have been reported. In 2021 students worked for US companies from a remote location in Canada as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Although not physically located in the US, these jobs have been counted as US employers.

Unpaid/underpaid work terms

In some situations, unpaid co-op jobs will be approved for work term credit, as long as the job conforms to the guidelines for unpaid/underpaid work terms.

Note: This data is provided for informational purposes only. Co-operative and Experiential Education at UWaterloo does not establish or recommend pay level for co-op students, and this information should only be used as a guideline to be reconciled with the known market conditions for the position. Please exercise diligence in applying this information to your specific situation.

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