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Weinberg Guidelines for Research Staff Salaries

(updated August 31, 2022)

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 May, 2022), 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 Shelley Levine in WCAS Dean’s office.

NIH Recommended NRSA Stipend Levels for FY21

(Released January 27, 2021 )

Career Level


+/-  20% Range

Postdoc 0 yr


$47,476 - $65,808

Postdoc 1 yr


$47,476 - $66,269

Postdoc 2 yr


$47,476 - $66,758

Postdoc 3 yr


$47,476 - $69,422

Postdoc 4 yr


$47,827 - $71,741

Postdoc 5 yr


$49,594 - $74,390

Postdoc 6 yr


$51,437 - $77,155

Postdoc 7 yr or more


$53,280 - $79,920


Current Weinberg Average Salary Levels

Position Title



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


$66,600/year minimum from sponsor

Compiled 2/1/2021


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