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Giving a career talk in my old university, how prominently should I tell students my salary?

I agree with you. I feel the request to put your salary on a slide (on the first slide, no less!) is rather unexpected, and quite frankly does not speak highly about the professionalism of your ...
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Why do universities fund Ph.D. students in the sciences?

A good question. Why would the school make this investment (which could be closer to $100K/year)? As pointed out, if you are TAing/grading/teaching, you are providing services that the school charges ...
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Would an honest researcher actually have to pay back their salary?

No, that answer is ridiculous. In North America, as long as you were working honestly*, the only reason you would ever have to return money is if you were accidentally overpaid (i.e. they paid you ...
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Should I include salary information on my CV?

This is not standard in any academic or industry context I am familiar with. Typically salary negotiations (if they exist and a position is not simply funded at a fixed salary) occur after a hiring ...
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Are authors of papers okay with receiving questions from people in industry?

I certainly don't see anything immoral about asking questions. You may want to mention your affiliation, which will clarify the issue and perhaps also help the author give a more useful response. ...
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How to recruit PhD students when industry pays so much more?

The person who wants to go into industry is a different sort of person than one who wants a PhD. That isn't a universal, as some people want to do one to enable or enhance the other, but it is pretty ...
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Chair Offers COVID-19 Compensation... But Asks ME to Put Out a Number

There are really two parts to the Chair's question: How much additional work have you had to do so far? What additional work do you anticipate going forward? Are there any time savings that should ...
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Been offered a post doctorate position in Germany but now pay has changed

This is a rather common error made by bureaucrats who have no idea of foreign academic careers. If your academic progress is beyond a master’s equivalent (and your job requires it), you get a TV-L 13 ...
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UK faculty salaries are much lower than US – is there any upside?

I'll answer from the perspective of someone who has worked in both the UK and the US and also in Industry as well as academia during my lengthy career. Although all the other answers and comment raise ...
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What does a promise of possible funding "based on availability of departmental funding" actually mean?

Your institution has definitely met the terms laid out in your award letter, which states that there is "possibility of a fourth year based on availability of departmental funding." This does not mean ...
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Are authors of papers okay with receiving questions from people in industry?

This is not a moral grey area - asking is totally okay. In my country (Germany) researchers at public research institutions are even expected to answer. It's called "third mission" (the first two ...
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Why do universities fund Ph.D. students in the sciences?

Universities don't "fund" Ph.D. candidates. They pay them salaries - or what should be recognized as salaries - to do research. In more normal states (such as the Netherlands), nobody is trying to ...
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UK faculty salaries are much lower than US – is there any upside?

I see with some of your comments to some of the offered answers that you consider the social benefits (healthcare and other forms of job security, life security), the community and safety (gun ...
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What are the legal and ethical implications of "padding" pay with extra hours to compensate for unpaid work?

Note that this answer is culture-dependant and my experiences will probably not fit directly with the situation in an American university, which you described to be enrolled in. However, the answer ...
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What advantages do professors have over equivalent industry and government researchers?

You get to be your own boss and you get to choose what you work on. Not a bad racket… not bad at all. To expand a bit, I am tenured. I could do nothing or not much but I would find this depressing. ...
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The registrar's office requested me to raise the cap of my courses

Policies vary from place to place and even across different departments or colleges within the same university. I was at one point a department chair and handled various similar situations to what you ...
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Should I include salary information on my CV?

No this is not standard practice and is probably detrimental to obtaining offers and maximizing the salary of the offers. If your past earnings are too high, a company may not make you and offer for ...
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How to parse "$70,000/yr for 9 months' employment payable over 12 months"?

Option B. Typically this confusing language reflects that you only have to teach for 9 months, and your salary is tied to your teaching responsibilities. So the university gives you $7777/month for 9 ...
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How to reject a postdoc offer from ex-co-author?

It's your life and your decision, and it also seems that you already made your choice with the title asking how to reject the offer, not if you should accept the offer or not. There's no subtle way to ...
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UK faculty salaries are much lower than US – is there any upside?

My answer builds on excellent comments of Massimo Ortolano and Buffy. You question stems from the assumption that high salary is what makes an occupation most attractive. Although it might be true for ...
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UK Postdoc - Is salary negotiation even possible?

There is no reason why a post doc cannot be appointed at a higher point on the spine if there is money there, that said, rarely is there money available. The number of people doing multiple post docs ...
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How to recruit PhD students when industry pays so much more?

Remember that a PhD is intended to be a training position, not a job. Unfortunately, too many supervisors see PhD students as workers rather than as trainees in education. To get excellent PhD ...
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Is it possible to start a PhD at 36 without taking a huge hit financially?

I did my PhD in computer science in the Boston area. Through an RA and a bit of TA, I had my tuition, health insurance, and conference travel expenses covered, plus a stipend which has since risen to $...
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May a non-student person working in a research university lab that hosts PhD students refuse to teach PhD students how to do lab work without more $?

Of course you can always refuse to do so, and legally you may or may not be in the clear (as Anonymous Physicist says, you would need to check your work contract carefully, and particularly check if ...
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Marie Curie IF Global fellowship low salary not covering living costs

Research admin here from an R1 institution in a major metro area here in the US. I have not personally administered a Marie Curie fellowship, but in looking at two agreements we currently have, one ...
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How to ask what my salary will be for German PhD position

They will not tell you a number in Euro, as the person tasked with the hiring decision probably doesn't know the amount either. You need to ask for the paygrade and then use the calculator on this ...
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How to ask what my salary will be for German PhD position

Just ask, there's nothing wrong about it. From what I know, PhD students in Germany are paid some fraction of the 'TV-L 13' bracket, about 50-70%.
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Giving a career talk in my old university, how prominently should I tell students my salary?

I would think you can share the salary "Range", but I, like you, would not put it on the first slide. ie after 3 years experience you could expect xxx to yyy as a zzzzzz. This answers a second ...
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Job offer for UK Reader

Yes, UK salaries are currently significantly lower than US salaries at most ranks, and don't have much room for negotiation outside of a standard range. The only exception to this is "professor" in ...
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