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Weinberg Guidelines for Research Staff Salaries

(updated December 6, 2023)

Members of Weinberg’s research staff provide valuable services toward the research mission of the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences. Details regarding the various appointment levels can be found here.

From time to time, the Weinberg College Dean’s Office receives requests for guidance in setting salary levels for research staff. Below are salary guidelines for research appointments based on NIH Recommended Stipend Levels (released February, 2023), considered a reasonable national standard. Of course, salaries are dependent upon the field of research, competitive salaries in both academia and industry, and the availability of funds. As a result, these guidelines provide a relatively broad range for what would be considered a reasonable salary. They also should help to identify a reasonable range of merit increases for annual salary reviews and reappointments.

Questions related to research staff appointments may be directed to Ryan Sawicki in WCAS Dean’s office.

NIH Recommended NRSA Stipend Levels for FY23

(Released February, 2023 )

Career Level


+/-  20% Range

Postdoc 0 yr


$47,476 - $67,781

Postdoc 1 yr


$47,476 - $68,256

Postdoc 2 yr


$47,476 - $68,760

Postdoc 3 yr


$47,674 - $71,510

Postdoc 4 yr


$49,258 - $73,886

Postdoc 5 yr


$51,082 - $76,622

Postdoc 6 yr


$52,982 - $79,474

Postdoc 7 yr or more


$54,883 - $82,325


Current Weinberg Average Salary Levels

Position Title

Average Salary


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow

$ -

$21,180/year minimum from sponsor for Visa

Postdoctoral Fellow


$47,476/year NU minimum*

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow

$ -

$47,476/year NU minimum*

Research Associate


$47,476/year minimum from NU

Sr Research Associate


$68,604/year minimum from NU

*Northwestern will introduce an annual increase to the minimum salary for new or reappointed postdocs to match the minimum postdoctoral salary set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). See the announcement from the Provost here.

Updated 12/6/2023


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