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...
Investigating Postdoc Salaries: University of Cincinnati

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: University of Cincinnati

  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 Cincinnati.   Cost for FOIA Request: $0 Additional notes: Names and departments also listed for each salary.   As far as we know, University of Cincinnati is the only institution that continued to track postdoc’s hours after December 1st, and may still be doing so.   Salaries were received for about half of the expected number of postdocs. Twenty percent of salaries were below the minimum of $23,660, suggesting that the numbers reported were total compensation. Indeed, if hours are being tracked, there may not be an annual salary set, but instead an hourly wage. This tends to put the average salary at the lower end of the range seen for institutions surveyed....
Investigating Postdoc Salaries: Rutgers University

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: Rutgers 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: Rutgers University.   Cost for FOIA Request: $0 Additional notes: None.   Rutgers University cancelled plans to raise salaries above $47,476, and 352 salaries out of 539 (using salaries above $23,660) were below this level as of December 1st 2016.   The highest postdoc salary is $85,000; however the highest salary for a postdoc fellow is $51,120. We found that postdoc fellows dominated the lowest salaries; it was unclear whether these were due to errors in reporting, but the highest 108 salaries were not paid to fellows.   Out of a total of 539 postdocs, 364 are earning less than the new NIH NRSA minimum for 0 years training. Breaking down the salaries into various ranges, we find: 7 are earning <$30,000 (5 are postdoc fellows; a further 3 salaries below $23,660 are not fellows); 9 are earning >$30k-$40k (8 are postdoc fellows); 41 are earning $40,800 (2 are postdoc fellows); 19 are earning $41k-$42k inclusive (1 is...
Investigating Postdoc Salaries: University of Iowa

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: University of Iowa

  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 University of Iowa.   Cost for FOIA Request: $0 Additional notes: None.   The University of Iowa cancelled plans to raise salaries, claiming that this has been mandated by the State of Iowa, and they are returning to their previous policy that postdocs can be paid no less than 5% below NIH NRSA. However they have clarified that this will be based on the new NIH NRSA levels, and so this means the lowest salary should be $45,110. As of Dec 1st 2016, 76 out of 242 salaries were below this level. The lowest salary was $40,698, which is high enough to suggest that all salaries reported are the actual annual salaries....