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 State University of New York (SUNY).


Cost for FOIA Request: $0

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All salaries received were above $23,660, but only a fraction of the number of salaries expected was received. Therefore it is unclear whether this is a true reflection of SUNY postdoctoral salaries due to the sample bias we expect from this data.