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Weinberg Guidelines for Research Staff Salaries

(updated February 10, 2020)

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 can be found here.

From time to time, the Weinberg College Dean’s Office receives requests for guidance in setting salary levels for research staff. Below are salary guidelines for research appointments based on NIH Recommended Stipend Levels for FY 2020 (released February, 2020), considered a reasonable national standard. 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 identify 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.

NIH Recommended NRSA Stipend Levels for FY20

(Released February 7, 2020 )

Career Level

NIH FY20

+/-  20% Range

Postdoc 0 yr

$52,704

$47,476 - $63,245

Postdoc 1 yr

$53,076

$47,476 - $63,691

Postdoc 2 yr

$53,460

$47,476 - $64,152

Postdoc 3 yr

$55,596

$47,476 - $66,715

Postdoc 4 yr

$57,456

$47,476 - $68,947

Postdoc 5 yr

$59,580

$47,664 - $71,496

Postdoc 6 yr

$61,800

$49,440 - $74,160

Postdoc 7 yr

$64,008

$51,206 - $76,810

 

Current Weinberg Average Salary Levels

Position Title

Mean

Minimum

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow

$ -

$21,180/year minimum from sponsor for Visa

Postdoctoral Fellow

$52,368

$47,476/year NU minimum

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow

$ -

$47,476/year NU minimum

Research Associate

$63,972

$47,476/year minimum from NU

Sr Research Associate

$80,220

$64,008/year minimum from sponsor

Compiled 2/10/2020

 

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