Earnings Statement Guide

Financial Services and Reporting

The information displayed in the sample check below is an example of a biweekly hourly employee. Whether you receive your pay through a direct deposit or a payroll check, your earnings statement or pay stub will contain the same general information.

The table below explains the various sections on your earnings statement. Employees receive an earnings statement each pay. If you have any questions regarding your earnings statement, please contact the Payroll office at extension 3481.

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​​The Earnings section contains your gross pay information. Total hours and dollars paid, the hourly rate, and other periodic or lump sum payments appear here. Other examples of earnings include higher class pay, holiday pay, vacation pay and other special pay types. CMU Choices payback also appears in this section. If the amount of CMU's contribution exceeds the cost of the benefit, the sum of the excess will show as "CMU Choices Paybk".

 Pre-Tax Reductions

Pre-tax Reductions include retirement (MPSERS, TIAA/CREF, and Fidelity), insurance, flexible spending accounts, and other pre-tax benefits. The University's contribution is under "CMU Curr" and "CMU YTD". Your contribution is under "Empl Curr" and "Empl YTD".

 Taxes and Deductions

Taxable Deductions will display all employee taxes and other post-tax deductions such as union dues, dependent life insurance, and bank deductions.


The Reimbursement section includes Pay Adjustments which are payments that occurred in a previous pay period. You could possibly see taxable meals in this section as well.

 Total Net Pay

Total Net Pay is the net amount of your direct deposit.

Demographic Data

The Demographic section contains your employee master data including name, home address, and tax filing information. Please verify this information periodically.

Other Taxables

Other taxables are earnings or benefits which also affect your taxable gross like taxable tuition, wellness, taxable meals, and Imputed Income which is the taxable amount on the premium cost of group term insurance in excess of $50000.


 Other Non-taxables

These are benefits provided by CMU which do not affect your taxable gross.

Leave Balances

Leave Balances display your total leave usage and balances for the indicated period. Categories are displayed in hours. The Balance YTD column displays your remaining hours available for use up to the current payroll period reported.                    

Bank Information

This section shows where your funds have been deposited.

Important Note​s

On occasion, you will find valuable information displayed in this section.