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 Minnesota.


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The University of Minnesota dos not appear to have a central postdoc salary policy, although the University announced that it would go ahead with salary raises in November 2016. However as of Dec 1st 2016, 505 of 700 salaries (of those above $23,660), or 72% of all salaries, were below $47,476, as is the average salary of $44,871.