Investigating Postdoc Salaries: University of Maryland

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: University of Maryland

  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 Maryland.   Cost for FOIA Request: $24.25 (for UMD Baltimore) Additional notes: Full salary listing received in paper for UMD Baltimore.   For UMD Baltimore only, all salaries were sent as a paper copy and so had to be manually read through to pick out postdocs, and so only one Postdoctoral Fellow title was selected for inclusion. Full salaries seemed to be included, and one postdoc was on $23,660. That this person was a postdoc was verified by searching for the postdoc by name online; although they are listed as a postdoc and are on the payroll, they also appear to have their own lab in another country, as well as 12 years of postdoctoral experience. All other salaries were $30,000 or above.   UMD College Park had the highest average salary in our dataset....
Investigating Postdoc Salaries: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: University of Massachusetts Medical School

  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 Massachusetts Medical School.   Cost for FOIA Request: $0 Additional notes: Names also received.   One year ago today, UMass Med School announced that it would be cancelling its plans to raise postdoc salaries (November 23, 2016 was the day before the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.). The current policy, updated in July 2017, sets the minimum postdoc salary at $41,870:   As of December 1st, the Biochemistry department rebelled and unanimously voted to raise salaries anyway for their postdocs.   On January 10th, the institution decided to devolve responsibility for raising salaries to individual PIs, and so the institution does not take responsibility for having a central policy, other than setting the minimum in their research funding policy as mentioned above.   242 postdocs (67% of all postdocs) were on salaries below $47,476 as of December 1st 2016. 76 postdocs were on $41,205, which was presumably the 2016 minimum (the 2017 level being...

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: Indiana 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: Indiana University.   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

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

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

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

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

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....
Investigating Postdoc Salaries: Purdue University

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: Purdue 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: Purdue University.   Cost for FOIA Request: $0 Additional notes: None.   All postdocs were reported under the title “Post Doc Intern Res”. The number of salaries received expectations from the National Science Foundation data, but one third of the salaries reported were below $23,660 and so excluded from our aggregate dataset. Only 66 salaries out of 407 (those above $23,660) were above the new FLSA minimum.   However Purdue issued a retroactive salary change from January 1st 2017 to $47,500. It will therefore be interesting to see the change this brings to our data collection efforts this year....
Investigating Postdoc Salaries: North Carolina State

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: North Carolina State

  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: North Carolina State University.   Cost for FOIA Request: $0 Additional notes: Names and departments also listed for each salary.   North Carolina State had a number of postdoc salaries close to what was expected. Some titles seemed to suggest particular administration or use of titles; for example salaries at exactly $27,000 were all Post Doc Interns, and at $33,000 were all Post Doc Residents. Generally Post Doc Fellows tended to be at lower salaries, and Post Doc Research Scholars at higher; but there were examples of both at either end of the salary range.   184 of 431 salaries (using those above $23,660) were below the proposed FLSA minimum of $47,476. 122 salaries were at exactly $47,476, or 28% of all salaries.   The postdoc salary policy has been updated here: “Postdoctoral scholars must be, at a minimum, compensated at a rate that is the higher of the following: 1) at least 60% of the...