I know the average salary is generally 45K USD for science post-docs. However, I received an email from a team of researchers who I had an excellent interview with and basically asked, "How much do you want?"

I have no idea what is the maximum amount of money I should ask for without being insulting. I'll be honest, although I don't do science for the money, this would definitely help make a decision for this particular posting.

  • What country is the position in? Apr 12, 2014 at 7:45
  • ahh sorry. NY - USA Apr 12, 2014 at 8:07
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    NY city or NY state? Living expense is high in NY city.
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    Apr 12, 2014 at 11:21
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    In my field (mathematics), one of our major professional societies conducts salary surveys, which are very helpful for getting an idea of a reasonable range. You might see if your field has something similar. As another possibility, public universities often publish all their salary figures. Apr 12, 2014 at 15:32
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    Another question is whether this is a 9-month or 12-month salary, and if the former, what are the prospects for summer support. Apr 12, 2014 at 15:33

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Postdoc salaries as high as 60K are not unheard of, especially if the cost of living is high and/or you have children. I believe some very competitive "independent postdoc" positions can even reach as high as 70K. However, these salaries may not increase annually, while typically lower salaries do increase annually.

BTW I believe the average 1st year postdoc salary is under 40K (and so is the NIH postdoc salary guideline).

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