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: University of Arizona.


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The number of salaries received was slightly lower than might have been expected from the National Science Foundation’s data. All salaries reported were above $23,660. Their postdoc salary policy states that “The President may set individual salaries”. The average and median follow similar trends to other institutions, with numbers close to the FLSA recommended minimum in 2016 and the NIH NRSA stipend level.