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 Florida.


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The number of salaries reported for University of Florida closely estimated what we were expecting from the National Science Foundation’s data; only 4 were below $23,660; and the data followed the general trend we see across our aggregate data of following the FLSA update proposed threshold salary – 385 salaries, 64% of the dataset, were at exactly $47,476.


The University of Florida has kept up with its plan to raise postdoc salaries to $47,476 and provided funding to assist with raises for existing postdocs at the time of the raise.