Laurel S. Bernstein
lbernstein at isisph.com
Fri Apr 28 10:56:36 EST 1995
In article <3nqv8u$3g9 at riscsm.scripps.edu> SLForsburg <susan_forsburg at qm.salk.edu> writes:
>From: SLForsburg <susan_forsburg at qm.salk.edu>
>Subject: Re: Postdoc pay
>Date: 28 Apr 1995 14:49:02 GMT
>BrandonVt at aol.com wrote:
>> While I really
>>enjoy the work I am doing in my postdoc, I was dismayed to
>>learn the salary I would be paid compared to what I would have
>>expected as postdoc had I not changed fields. I currently earn
>>$20,000 per year with a benefits package that costs me $100
>>per month for health insurance.
>This is about average. The NIH starting rate for a new postdoc
>is about $18K. Most of the private fellowships (ACS, Damon Runyon
>etc) pay on the order of $20-22 for the first year. Often there
>is an incremental increase of about $1000/yr during the course of
>the fellowship. On NIH scale, you won't approach the upper $20s
>until you have 4-5 years of experience post-PhD.
And don't forget that some places don't even pay NIH scale. I postdoc'd at a
well-respected private institute (not Salk, the one down the road from
there!) and was paid several thousand below NIH scale. That stunned me- I
thought NIH was bare minimum and most places supplemented it.
I should mention that this was *not* the reason I left research 4 yr ago, but
incidentally in doing so I doubled my salary overnight and am now making 3x
what I made as a postdoc. But since I am infinitely happier (still in science,
just not at the bench) the money is just icing on the cake.
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