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Investigating Postdoc Salaries: Iowa 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: Iowa State University.   Cost for FOIA Request: $0 Additional notes: Data Requested for both Dec 1st 2016 and Jan 1st 2017; names received for Dec 1st 2016 only.   Our initial request, as with all other institutions, was for the postdoc salary data on Dec 1st 2016. We received salaries for 68 postdocs, and excluded those which where the pay fraction did not equal 1, to give us a conservative set of 43 salaries, which are contained in the aggregate data set. The National Science Foundation’s data on science, engineering and health postdocs suggested we should have expected around 300 salaries.   We were informed that Iowa State was raising salaries on Dec 1st 2016, but planned to reduce them again on Jan 1st 2017, and so we repeated the Freedom of Information Request for Jan 1st 2017. The only part of the request that changed was the date.   It is difficult to make...

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: University of Texas

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 Texas.   Cost for FOIA Request: $24.50 total Additional notes: None   The University of Texas system generally had data that matched the expected number of postdocs with the exception of the MD Anderson Cancer Center.   Sending the data to Deirdre Brekken at UT Southwestern, who kindly took the time to compare with her data and provide us with feedback, allowed us to clarify some of the discrepancies that we had been finding across the data-gathering effort. The salaries were identified as being salaries as of 9/1/2017, the start of the fiscal year and probably what has to be reported to the State, rather than on 12/1/16 when they were raised to the new FLSA levels. The data also only included 1 of 4 current postdoc job codes. The job codes include: Fully Paid Direct by an outside agency; true part-time postdoc, now non-exempt and having work hours tracked; Partial Paid Direct, a full-time, exempt postdoc that...

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: University of Colorado

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 Colorado.   Cost for FOIA Request: $60 total Additional notes: None   The University of Colorado system should have in excess of 1000 postdocs, but data was only received for around 350.   Colorado Springs provided the data in aggregate and claimed 3 hours of labor for preparing the summary, charging $60 for the data to be released, which we have been unable to place in our aggregate set: 1 Job Title Number of employees Number of employees Average Annual Salary 2 Senior Research Associate All 5 $53,561.00 3 Senior Research Associate Full-time 1 $114,999.00 4 Senior Research Associate (Part-time Annualized) 4 $30,201.00 5 Research Associate All 7 $45,105.00 6 Research Associate Full-time 5 $51,278.00 7 Research Associate (Part-time Annualized) 2 $29,672.00 8 Professional Research Assistant Full-time 1 $56,000.00 9 Faculty Fellow (Part-time Annualized) 1 $76,440.00 10 Total Number of Full-time Employees 7 11 Total Number of Part-time Employees 7 12 Total Number of...

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

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 North Carolina Chapel Hill.   Cost for FOIA Request: $0 Additional notes: None   The data from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill appears excellent, with the one caveat that the number of postdocs is about half that expected from the NSF data. We know that postdocs are counted very well at Chapel Hill and so suspect there may be some data missing from the salary request.   The salary range reported was from $42,000 (the 2014 NRSA Year 0 stipend to $90,000, but these were both extreme data points. 310 postdocs were on less than $50k (190 at exactly $47,476). 103 had salaries in the $50ks, and 27 were on $60k+. Breaking this down by titles: Clinical Fellows: 8; $58885-65249 Post-Doc Research Associate: 325; $42k-90k Post-Doc Trainee: 107; $47476-65k (more representative of true range)   The distribution of salaries is plotted here:         Also plotting salaries for those on fellowships vs...

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: University of California

  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 California system.   Cost for FOIA Request: N/A; request refused Additional notes: Data only received for UC Santa Barbara   The University of California employs around 6,000 postdocs and potentially would have made up a third of our dataset alone. However, the only data we have that is of any use is from the University of California’s Santa Barbara campus.   FOIA requests were made to each individual campus in the UC system for postdoc data, but were shut down centrally by the Public Records Office:   “UCOP Public Records Office is responding on behalf of all UC campuses in response to your recent California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests for “annual salaries, on December 1st 2016, of all full-time PhD or MD-holding postdoctoral employees and fellows, and employees under any other titles that encompass postdoctoral research roles” at UC campuses. As you may know, UC entered into a new collective bargaining agreement...

Investigating Postdoc Salaries: Florida 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: Florida State University.   Cost for FOIA Request: $0 Additional notes: None   All postdocs at Florida State University in our dataset are paid above the proposed 2016 FLSA minimum threshold. FSU in fact made a strong commitment after the injunction to continuing raising the minimum salary for postdocs to $47,658. The institution provided bridge funding to support salary increases. The institution appears to be a very strong example of institutional commitment to raising postdoc salaries.   There is good transparency about postdocs at FSU on their website, and we have heard that this was largely due to an effort to push for more transparency by the postdoctoral association....