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Postdoctoral Associate Demographics in the US

The average employee age for postdoctoral associates is 40 years. The postdoctoral associate workforce reached a whopping 23,902 in 2020!

Among postdoctoral associates, we discovered that 26.9% of them are women, while 46.9% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among postdoctoral associates is White, which makes up 43.9% of all postdoctoral associates. Comparatively, there are 41.0% of the Asian ethnicity and 7.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Postdoctoral Associate Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 23,902 postdoctoral associates currently employed in the United States.
  • 26.9% of all postdoctoral associates are women, while only 46.9% are men.
  • The average age of an employed postdoctoral associate is 40 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of postdoctoral associates is White (43.9%), followed by Asian (41.0%) and Hispanic or Latino (7.1%).
  • The majority of postdoctoral associates are located in CT, New Haven and MA, Cambridge.
  • Postdoctoral associates are most in-demand in Miami, FL.
  • Postdoctoral associates are paid an average annual salary of $49,442.
  • The technology industry is the highest-paying for postdoctoral associates.
  • Farmington, CT pays an annual average wage of $59,122, the highest in the US.
  • Postdoctoral associates average starting salary is $39,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 99% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid postdoctoral associates earn as much as $62,000 or more.
  • 21% of all postdoctoral associates are LGBT.
  • Connecticut is the best state for postdoctoral associates to live.
  • Postdoctoral associates are more likely to work at education companies in comparison to private companies.

Postdoctoral Associate Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among postdoctoral associates is White, which makes up 43.9% of all postdoctoral associates. Comparatively, there are 41.0% of the Asian ethnicity and 7.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 43.9%
  • Asian, 41.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 7.0%
  • Black or African American, 5.0%
  • Unknown, 2.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Postdoctoral Associates

The chart below shows that 20.4% of postdoctoral associates speak Chinese. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Spanish at 17.6% and French is the third-most popular at 12.7%.

Job Title
  • Chinese, 20.4%
  • Spanish, 17.6%
  • French, 12.7%
  • Mandarin, 9.2%
  • German, 7.7%
  • Other, 32.4%

Types of Postdoctoral Associate Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for postdoctoral associates. The most common degree for postdoctoral associates is doctoral degree. In fact, 47% of postdoctoral associates earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 36% and rounding it off is master's degree with 14%.

Job Title
  • Doctorate degree, 47%
  • Bachelors degree, 36%
  • Masters degree, 14%
  • Associate degree, 0%
  • Other Degrees, 3%

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Postdoctoral Associate Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ postdoctoral associates. We found that the most common company type is education. In addition, the industry that employs the most postdoctoral associates is the education industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire postdoctoral associates.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Postdoctoral Associate Work In

Employees with the postdoctoral associate job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most postdoctoral associates prefer to work at education companies over private companies.

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Top Industries Hiring Postdoctoral Associates

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ postdoctoral associates. Those industries include education, health care and manufacturing.

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Health Care



Non Profits

Postdoctoral Associate Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as postdoctoral associates. Keep reading to find out what the results for postdoctoral associates were.

Postdoctoral Associate Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among postdoctoral associates.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Postdoctoral Associate Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the postdoctoral associate position over time.


Postdoctoral Associate Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of postdoctoral associates changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of a Postdoctoral Associate Based On Race And Gender

We determined the average age of postdoctoral associates based on ethnicity and gender.


The Average Number of Years That Postdoctoral Associate Stay in a Job

By looking over 2,554 postdoctoral associates resumes, we figured out that the average postdoctoral associate enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 40%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Postdoctoral Associate Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of postdoctoral associate employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of postdoctoral associates is 40+ years old, which represents 46% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Postdoctoral Associate Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, field agronomist and procurement forester have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Animal Behaviorist22%78%
Public Health Microbiologist25%70%
Collector Of Aquarium Specimens25%70%
Postdoctoral Associate47%27%
Forestry Consultant86%7%
Procurement Forester87%8%
Field Agronomist87%6%
Field Agronomist
Procurement Forester
Forestry Consultant
Postdoctoral Associate
Collector Of Aquarium Specimens
Public Health Microbiologist
Animal Behaviorist

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Postdoctoral Associates with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to postdoctoral associates.

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Job Titleascdesc
Research And Development Chemist7.15%
Student Research Assistant11.26%
Plant Ecologist18.62%
Postdoctoral Associate21.10%
School Psychologist34.48%

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Postdoctoral Associate Gender Pay Gap

Male Income
Female Income

Postdoctoral Associate Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Black or African American men and Asian men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Postdoctoral Associate Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Bachelor's Degree$47,879
Master's Degree$49,782
Doctorate Degree$50,677

Postdoctoral Associate Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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Postdoctoral Associate Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a postdoctoral associate can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of postdoctoral associates is $64,562. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Postdoctoral Associates Earn The Most?

The map here shows where postdoctoral associates earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Postdoctoral Associates Located?

By looking through more than 2,554 resumes, we found that the most popular places for postdoctoral associates are CT, New Haven and MA, Cambridge.

Number of Postdoctoral Associates

Where Are Postdoctoral Associates In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country postdoctoral associates are in the most demand.

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