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Investigating Postdoc Salaries: University of Indiana

  There is very little information available on how much postdocs are actually paid in the U.S., beyond data on institutional salary policies gathered by the National Postdoctoral Association. Following on from recent discussions about postdoc salaries changing as a result of proposed updates to U.S. Federal labor law, we have gathered data from a selection of institutions through Freedom of Information Requests, asking only for titles and salaries of postdocs, to see if we can identify actual postdoctoral salaries. The aggregate data, and more information, can be found at out “Investigating Postdoc Salaries” Resource. Every day, we will be releasing a discussion of each individual institution or system from which we received data. Today: University of Indiana.   Cost for FOIA Request: $0 Additional notes: None.   Salaries at Bloomington were generally higher than Indianapolis; around 240 salaries across all campuses were between $47,475 and $47,500. There are two types of postdoc at the institution according to their policy but all titles listed were the same i.e. Postdoctoral Fellow....

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: University of Florida

  There is very little information available on how much postdocs are actually paid in the U.S., beyond data on institutional salary policies gathered by the National Postdoctoral Association. Following on from recent discussions about postdoc salaries changing as a result of proposed updates to U.S. Federal labor law, we have gathered data from a selection of institutions through Freedom of Information Requests, asking only for titles and salaries of postdocs, to see if we can identify actual postdoctoral salaries. The aggregate data, and more information, can be found at out “Investigating Postdoc Salaries” Resource. Every day, we will be releasing a discussion of each individual institution or system from which we received data. Today: University of Florida.   Cost for FOIA Request: $0 Additional notes: None.   The number of salaries reported for University of Florida closely estimated what we were expecting from the National Science Foundation’s data; only 4 were below $23,660; and the data followed the general trend we see across our aggregate data of following the FLSA update proposed threshold salary – 385 salaries, 64% of the dataset, were at exactly $47,476.   The University of Florida has kept up with its plan to raise postdoc salaries to $47,476 and provided funding to assist with raises for existing postdocs at the time of the raise....

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: University of Arizona

  There is very little information available on how much postdocs are actually paid in the U.S., beyond data on institutional salary policies gathered by the National Postdoctoral Association. Following on from recent discussions about postdoc salaries changing as a result of proposed updates to U.S. Federal labor law, we have gathered data from a selection of institutions through Freedom of Information Requests, asking only for titles and salaries of postdocs, to see if we can identify actual postdoctoral salaries. The aggregate data, and more information, can be found at out “Investigating Postdoc Salaries” Resource. Every day, we will be releasing a discussion of each individual institution or system from which we received data. Today: University of Arizona.   Cost for FOIA Request: $0 Additional notes: None.   The number of salaries received was slightly lower than might have been expected from the National Science Foundation’s data. All salaries reported were above $23,660. Their postdoc salary policy states that “The President may set individual salaries”. The average and median follow similar trends to other institutions, with numbers close to the FLSA recommended minimum in 2016 and the NIH NRSA stipend level....

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: The Ohio State University

  There is very little information available on how much postdocs are actually paid in the U.S., beyond data on institutional salary policies gathered by the National Postdoctoral Association. Following on from recent discussions about postdoc salaries changing as a result of proposed updates to U.S. Federal labor law, we have gathered data from a selection of institutions through Freedom of Information Requests, asking only for titles and salaries of postdocs, to see if we can identify actual postdoctoral salaries. The aggregate data, and more information, can be found at out “Investigating Postdoc Salaries” Resource. Every day, we will be releasing a discussion of each individual institution or system from which we received data. Today: The Ohio State University.   Cost for FOIA Request: $0 Additional notes: Names also received.   The data from The Ohio State closely matches the number of salaries expected, and a very small fraction are reported under $23,660. The minimum salary set by institutional policy is $30,000. However the data received suggests that the NIH stipend policy is much more closely followed than the institution’s own policy.    ...

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: Texas A&M

  There is very little information available on how much postdocs are actually paid in the U.S., beyond data on institutional salary policies gathered by the National Postdoctoral Association. Following on from recent discussions about postdoc salaries changing as a result of proposed updates to U.S. Federal labor law, we have gathered data from a selection of institutions through Freedom of Information Requests, asking only for titles and salaries of postdocs, to see if we can identify actual postdoctoral salaries. The aggregate data, and more information, can be found at out “Investigating Postdoc Salaries” Resource. Every day, we will be releasing a discussion of each individual institution or system from which we received data. Today: Texas A&M.   Cost for FOIA Request: $0 Additional notes: None.   The salaries received accounted for about a third of the salaries expected. Three salaries were below $23,660; half of the salaries were below $47,476. Their postdoc salary policy places the median at $42,000....

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: State University of New York

  There is very little information available on how much postdocs are actually paid in the U.S., beyond data on institutional salary policies gathered by the National Postdoctoral Association. Following on from recent discussions about postdoc salaries changing as a result of proposed updates to U.S. Federal labor law, we have gathered data from a selection of institutions through Freedom of Information Requests, asking only for titles and salaries of postdocs, to see if we can identify actual postdoctoral salaries. The aggregate data, and more information, can be found at out “Investigating Postdoc Salaries” Resource. Every day, we will be releasing a discussion of each individual institution or system from which we received data. Today: the State University of New York (SUNY).   Cost for FOIA Request: $0 Additional notes: None.   All salaries received were above $23,660, but only a fraction of the number of salaries expected was received. Therefore it is unclear whether this is a true reflection of SUNY postdoctoral salaries due to the sample bias we expect from this data....