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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Postdoctoral Associate Salary

$51,787 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$24.90 hourly

Entry level Salary
$38,000 yearly
$38,000
10 %
$51,787
Median
$69,000
90 %

How much does a Postdoctoral Associate make?

Postdoctoral associates make $51,787 per year on average, or $24.9 per hour, in the United States. Postdoctoral associates on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $38,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $69,000.

Location impacts how much a postdoctoral associate can expect to make. Postdoctoral associates make the most in Maine, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Hawaii, and California.

Highest Paying States For Postdoctoral Associates

The darker areas on the map show where postdoctoral associates earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Postdoctoral Associate average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Connecticut$65,700$31.59162
2Massachusetts$61,598$29.611,858
3Tennessee$71,756$34.50217
4New Jersey$63,187$30.38705
5Maine$81,731$39.2943
6California$66,365$31.912,785
7Rhode Island$66,894$32.1642
8Maryland$58,666$28.20489
9Delaware$57,854$27.8165
10Montana$57,453$27.6234
11New York$55,574$26.721,233
12Arizona$59,562$28.64127
13Vermont$56,455$27.1426
14Pennsylvania$52,891$25.43509
15Wisconsin$53,496$25.72188
16New Hampshire$55,927$26.8946
17Colorado$52,708$25.34325
18Indiana$54,618$26.26164
19Minnesota$53,091$25.52258
20Hawaii$66,724$32.0815
21Washington$51,531$24.77709
22Illinois$52,653$25.31474
23Oklahoma$54,304$26.1151
24Oregon$50,705$24.38263
25Wyoming$52,152$25.0715
26District of Columbia$53,301$25.63130
27Nevada$54,165$26.0427
28North Carolina$46,542$22.38385
29Michigan$49,120$23.62172
30Ohio$48,004$23.08259
31Iowa$45,316$21.79121
32New Mexico$44,392$21.3495
33Nebraska$45,820$22.0374
34Virginia$46,405$22.31355
35Alaska$45,112$21.6928
36Arkansas$47,227$22.7126
37Idaho$45,563$21.9143
38Utah$45,036$21.6577
39Kentucky$44,785$21.5377
40Texas$43,359$20.85618
41Missouri$41,411$19.91273
42Kansas$45,062$21.6646
43Florida$44,940$21.61343
44West Virginia$37,652$18.1060
45South Dakota$40,190$19.3220
46North Dakota$37,982$18.2625
47Georgia$37,533$18.04339
48Alabama$41,154$19.7958
49Mississippi$39,772$19.1238
50Louisiana$33,636$16.1777
51South Carolina$32,633$15.6962

Highest Paying Cities For Postdoctoral Associates

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Oak Ridge, TN$70,967$34.12
2Berkeley, CA$69,973$33.64
3Farmington, CT$66,496$31.97
4Piscataway, NJ$63,151$30.36
5Medford, MA$61,879$29.75
6Albany, NY$58,815$28.28
7Gaithersburg, MD$58,279$28.02
8Burlington, VT$56,445$27.14
9Saint Paul, MN$53,149$25.55
10Philadelphia, PA$53,111$25.53
11Chicago, IL$52,739$25.36
12Boulder, CO$52,621$25.30
13Laramie, WY$52,323$25.16
14Fayetteville, AR$47,440$22.81
15Durham, NC$46,752$22.48

Postdoctoral Associate Salary Details

Postdoctoral Associate Salary

What is a Postdoctoral Associate's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$69,000$5,750$33
75th Percentile$60,000$5,000$29
Average$51,787$4,316$25
25th Percentile$44,000$3,667$21
10th Percentile$38,000$3,167$18

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Research Fellow$52,724$4,394$25.3559,746
Research Scientist$84,125$7,010$40.4493,013
Research Chemist$78,999$6,583$37.9853,769
Research And Development Scientist$87,961$7,330$42.29129,803
Staff Scientist$84,998$7,083$40.86121,054
Scientist$94,940$7,912$45.6462,467

Which Companies Pay Postdoctoral Associates The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Sandia National Labs are the highest paying companies for postdoctoral associates.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Oak Ridge National Laboratory$85,215$40.97
2Sandia National Labs$84,482$40.6276
3Argonne National Laboratory$81,550$39.2158
4Battelle$74,617$35.8720
5Stanford University$73,390$35.2846
6Alnylam Pharmaceuticals$70,889$34.0820
7Tennessee Technological University$68,501$32.931
8Applied Materials$65,006$31.256
9Cytec Industries$63,228$30.40
10Schrödinger Inc$62,509$30.053
11Carnegie Mellon University$61,832$29.7331
12East Tennessee State University$61,021$29.34
13Univ Of Colorado-Colorado Spgs$59,214$28.47139
14Arizona State University$58,279$28.021
15P&G$58,086$27.9330
16New York University$57,816$27.8063
17University of California, Berkeley$57,616$27.70145
18Johns Hopkins University$57,490$27.6471
19Cornell University$57,367$27.58
20Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium$56,876$27.34

Postdoctoral Associate Salary Trends

The salary for a postdoctoral associate can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Average Postdoctoral Associate Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Postdoctoral Associate Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$51,800$24.90+3.0%
    2021$50,200$24.16+4.5%
    2020$48,000$23.07+3.2%
    2019$46,500$22.33+1.9%
    2018$45,600$21.91-2.1%

    Recently Added Postdoctoral Associate Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Rutgers UniversityPost-Doctoral AssociateNew Brunswick, NJ05/27/2022$55,000
    The Research Foundation Suny DownstatePostdoctoral AssociateNew York, NY05/23/2022$53,760
    Rice UniversityPostdoctoral Associate-ChemistryHouston, TX05/22/2022$48,000
    University of Colorado BoulderPostdoctoral AssociateBoulder, CO05/20/2022$69,000
    University of ColoradoPostdoctoral AssociateBoulder, CO05/18/2022$69,000
    University of FloridaPostdoctoral Associate-Studies In Retinal DegenerationGainesville, FL05/12/2022$47,476
    University of MinnesotaPost-Doctoral Associate (Agronomy & Plant Genetics)--Continuous OpeningMinneapolis, MN05/08/2022$48,426
    University of Colorado BoulderPostdoctoral AssociateBoulder, CO05/07/2022$53,760
    Cornell UniversityLynch Postdoctoral Associate In Curricular EngagementIthaca, NY04/30/2022$57,000
    State University of New York at BuffaloPostdoctoral Associate, Engineering EducationNew York, NY04/29/2022$50,000

    Postdoctoral Associate Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Postdoctoral Associates the most?

    Maine pays Postdoctoral Associates the most in the United States, with an average salary of $81,731 per year, or $39.29 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Postdoctoral Associate?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Postdoctoral Associate if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Tennessee you should be paid close to $71,756 per year.

    What type of Postdoctoral Associate gets paid the most?

    Medical Science Liaison gets paid the most. Medical Science Liaison made a median salary of $113,905. The best-paid 10 percent make $174,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $74,000.

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