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Postdoctoral Salary Guidelines

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How postdoc salaries are determined

Postdoctoral Fellows and Postdoctoral Research Associates

Competitive salaries are based on the date the PhD degree requirements were completed or the degree was awarded. On the anniversary of the PhD date, salaries are automatically adjusted to the next higher salary level. Starting salaries may vary from the guidelines due to market conditions, competitive offers, etc. If a salary other than the guidelines is requested, a justification memo is prepared and submitted to senior management for consideration.

  • PhD + 0: $73,000
  • PhD + 1: $74,800
  • PhD + 2: $76,700
  • PhD + 3: $78,600
  • PhD + 4: $80,600
  • PhD + 5: $82,800
  • PhD + 6: $84,800
  • PhD + 7: $87,000

Distinguished Postdoc Fellows

Distinguished Postdoc Fellow (Curie, Oppenheimer, Feynman and Reines) salaries are as follows:

  • Distinguished + 0: $107,100
  • Distinguished + 1: $109,600 *
  • Distinguished + 2: $111,000 *

*On the anniversary date of the appointment, salaries are automatically adjusted to the next level.


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