Postdoctoral Scholars Salary

The Graduate College recommends when appointing new Postdoctoral Research Scholars (FP01) and Postdoctoral Research Fellows (FP02) that the salaries be determined by the NIH/NRSA salary guidelines.

The Graduate College strongly advocates utilizing these salaries. If for some reason you cannot meet this salary requirement, a letter of justification must be attached to the Postdoctoral Request to Hire.

The College is concerned about equity for current postdoctoral scholars and encourages departments to bring their salaries into alignment with new hires.

NIH Release Date December 30, 2014:
As of October 1, 2014, NIH recommends the following salaries determined by years of experience for FY 2015.

Years of ExperienceStipend for FY 2015
0$42,840 ($3,570 monthy)
1$44,556 ($3,713 monthly)
2$46,344 ($3,862 monthly)
3$48,192 ($4,016 monthly)
4$50,112 ($4,176 monthly)
5$52,116 ($4,343 monthly)
6$54,216 ($4,518 monthly)
7$56,376 ($4,698 monthly)

The current NIH stipend schedule can be found at:

Postdoctoral Research Scholars and Fellows appointed to an NIH institutional training grant (T32) or an individual NRSA fellowship (F32) must be compensated at the level mandated by NIH, including the annual stipend increases based on years of postgraduate experience.

If you have salary questions regarding Postdoctoral Research Scholars or Postdoctoral Research Fellows, please contact Donna Welter ( or Sandy Gay ( in the Graduate College.