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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Earnings 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.
Reimbursements The Reimbursements section includes travel expenses reimbursed by the University (e.g. taxable meals) and other payroll-related employee reimbursements (e.g., safety shoes). 
Total Net Pay Total Net Pay is the net amount of your check or direct deposit.
Demographic Data The Demographic section contains your employee master data including name, home address, tax filing information, and Social Security number. Please verify this information periodically.
Other Taxables Other taxables are earnings or benefits which also affect your taxable gross. For instance, INS Imputed Income 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 whether you have been paid by a check or if your pay has been deposited at a bank.
Important Notes On occasion, you will find Important Notes displayed in this section.