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 Ohio State University.


Cost for FOIA Request: $0

Additional notes: Names also received.


The data from The Ohio State closely matches the number of salaries expected, and a very small fraction are reported under $23,660. The minimum salary set by institutional policy is $30,000. However the data received suggests that the NIH stipend policy is much more closely followed than the institution’s own policy.