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How Much Does a Postdoctoral Scholar Earn In The United States?

Postdoctoral Scholar Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$51,000
$41,000
$51,000
$63,000
Postdoctoral scholars in the United States make an average salary of $51,708 per year or $24.86 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $41,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $63,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Alaska, and Connecticut provide the highest postdoctoral scholar salaries.
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Where Postdoctoral Scholars Earn The Most

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

Average Salary

How Much Do Postdoctoral Scholars Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a postdoctoral scholar is roughly $51,708 per year, which boils down to $24.86 per hour. Interestingly enough, postdoctoral scholars have the highest salaries in Reno, NV at about $73,081 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Reno, NV is $49,000. Additionally, postdoctoral scholars make more than the average salary in San Francisco, CA, Philadelphia, PA, Flagstaff, AZ, New York, NY, and Greenville, NC. On a more broad level, postdoctoral scholar salaries are highest in Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Alaska, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. On the contrary, West Virginia, Vermont, and Michigan offer the lowest postdoctoral scholar salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

Reno, NV

Salary Range59k - 89k$73k$73,081

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range50k - 76k$62k$62,298

Philadelphia, PA

Salary Range48k - 75k$61k$60,625

Flagstaff, AZ

Salary Range48k - 74k$60k$60,081

New York, NY

Salary Range46k - 71k$57k$57,471

Greenville, NC

Salary Range44k - 69k$56k$55,794

Albuquerque, NM

Salary Range41k - 65k$52k$52,162

Chicago, IL

Salary Range40k - 63k$50k$50,285

Boston, MA

Salary Range39k - 61k$49k$49,211

Eugene, OR

Salary Range40k - 59k$49k$48,891
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High Paying Postdoctoral Scholar Jobs

Which Companies Pay Postdoctoral Scholars The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like HP and Michelin as they offer the highest salaries for postdoctoral scholars.
Company
Company
Average Salary
HP
Salary Range135k - 179k$156k$156,022
Michelin
Salary Range91k - 103k$97k$97,065
Advanced Micro Devices
Salary Range84k - 96k$91k$90,527
Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union
Salary Range78k - 101k$89k$89,013
Mayo Clinic
Salary Range61k - 82k$71k$71,135
Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital
Salary Range59k - 80k$69k$69,076
Bayer
Salary Range64k - 70k$67k$67,152
ASRC Energy Services
Salary Range56k - 69k$63k$62,836
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Salary Range50k - 65k$57k$57,316
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    How Experience Affects Postdoctoral Scholar Salaries

    The salary for a postdoctoral scholar 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.

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    $48,001
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    $115,000
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    Columbus, OH
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    $48,000
    $48,000
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