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Earnings Statement Guide

The following is an example of a biweekly hourly employee earnings statement. Whether you receive your pay through direct deposit or a pay card, your earnings statement (or pay stub) will contain the same general information.

The example below is a section-by-section explanation of the various parts of your earnings statement. Employees receive an earnings statement each pay period. If you have any questions regarding your earnings statement, please contact the Payroll Office at

Example of a biweekly CMU employee earning statement

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Earning Statement SectionDescription
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 ReductionsPre-tax Reductions include retirement (MPSERS and TIAA/CREF), 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 DeductionsTaxable Deductions will display all employee taxes and other post-tax deductions such as union dues, dependent life insurance, and bank deductions.
ReimbursementsThe 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 PayTotal Net Pay is the net amount of your direct deposit.
Demographic DataThe Demographic section contains your employee master data including name, home address, and tax filing information. Please verify this information periodically.
Other TaxablesOther taxables are earnings or benefits that 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 $50,000.
Other Non-taxablesThese are benefits provided by CMU that do not affect your taxable gross.
Leave BalancesLeave 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 InformationThis section shows where your funds have been deposited.
Important Note​sOn occasion, you will find valuable information displayed in this section.