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
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
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 Employees 14  26