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Weinberg Guidelines for Research Staff Salaries

(updated 11/2/16)

Members of Weinberg’s research staff provide valuable services toward the research mission of the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences. Details regarding the various appointment levels are available on the Office for Research website.   

From time to time, the Weinberg College Dean’s Office receives requests for guidance in setting salary levels for research staff. This document provides guidelines for salaries for common research staff appointments based on NIH Recommended Stipend Levels for FY 2017, a reasonable national standard. The NIH recommendations for salary are included at the end of this document, along with a summary of current salary levels in Weinberg. Of course, salaries are dependent upon the field of research, competitive salaries in both academia and industry, and the availability of funds. As a result, these guidelines provide a relatively broad range for what would be considered a reasonable salary. They also should help to indicate a reasonable range of merit increases for annual salary reviews and reappointments.

Questions related to research staff appointments may be directed to Shelley Levine in WCAS Dean’s office ( For individuals in the Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Economics Departments, questions related to visas and immigration status for research staff should be directed to departmental personnel and/or the International Office.

NIH Recommended Stipend Levels for FY 2017

Career Level


+/-  20% Range

Postdoc 0 yr


$47,476 - $56,981

Postdoc 1 yr


$47,476 - $57,413

Postdoc 2 yr


$47,476 - $57,859

Postdoc 3 yr


$47,476 - $60,379

Postdoc 4 yr


$47,476 - $62,568

Postdoc 5 yr


$47,476 - $65,074

Postdoc 6 yr


$47,476 - $67,680

Postdoc 7 yr


$47,476 - $70,272

Current Weinberg Average Salary Levels (compiled NOVEMBER, 2016)

Position Title


Minimum (for visa)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow

$ -

$21,180/year minimum from sponsor

Postdoctoral Fellow


$47,476/year minimum from NU

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow

$ -

$21,180/year minimum from sponsor

Research Associate


$47,476/year minimum from NU

Sr Research Associate


$58,560/year minimum from sponsor

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