US hourly earnings information

Co-op student earnings information is published annually by the University of Waterloo. The following information has been compiled using student-reported earnings from January - December 2020.

When reading the tables below, please note that the top figure represents the average hourly earnings for the given co-op program and work term level, while the hourly salary range is included below.

Please note that this data is provided for informational purposes only. Co-operative Education 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.


United States Work Terms

Faculty / program Work
term 1
Work
term 2
Work
term 3
Work
term 4
Work
term 5
Work
term 6

Faculty of Engineering

(All programs including Software Engineering and Architecture)

$25.25 USD
(average)
Low:$15.00
High:$46.00
$33.55 USD
(average)
Low:$15.00
High:$53.10
$35.15 USD
(average)
Low:$15.00
High:$61.00
$38.60 USD
(average)
Low:$15.00
High:$70.00
$41.50 USD
(average)
Low:$16.00
High:$80.00
$44.05 USD
(average)
Low:$17.00
High:$80.00

Faculty of Mathematics

(All programs including Actuarial Science, Computer Science and Computing & Financial Management)

$32.25 USD
(average)
Low:$14.00
High:$46.00
$39.40 USD
(average)
Low:$16.00
High:$60.00
$41.20 USD
(average)
Low:$19.00
High:$70.00
$44.60 USD
(average)
Low:$19.00
High:$75.00
$47.85 USD
(average)
Low:$21.00
High:$80.00
$47.90 USD
(average)
Low:$23.00
High:$80.00

*All US Work Term figures reported in US Dollars (USD). While students from all faculties complete co-op work terms in the United States, only those with a sufficient sample size have been reported. ​During 2020 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.