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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Postdoctoral Scholar Salary

$52,113 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

$25.05 hourly

Entry level Salary
$37,000 yearly
$37,000
10 %
$52,113
Median
$71,000
90 %

How much does a Postdoctoral Scholar make?

Postdoctoral scholars make $52,113 per year on average, or $25.05 per hour, in the United States. Postdoctoral scholars on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $37,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $71,000.

Location impacts how much a postdoctoral scholar can expect to make. Postdoctoral scholars make the most in New Jersey, California, Hawaii, Connecticut, and Tennessee.

Highest Paying States For Postdoctoral Scholars

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

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Postdoctoral Scholar average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1New Jersey$68,159$32.77873
2California$67,665$32.532,949
3Delaware$61,992$29.8097
4Rhode Island$62,473$30.0461
5Connecticut$62,966$30.27200
6Tennessee$62,650$30.12247
7Minnesota$60,787$29.22322
8Maine$57,980$27.8871
9Pennsylvania$56,059$26.95775
10New York$58,087$27.931,191
11Indiana$58,215$27.99259
12Maryland$57,168$27.48630
13Massachusetts$53,187$25.571,792
14Arizona$60,200$28.94125
15Illinois$54,982$26.43547
16Wisconsin$51,932$24.97293
17Montana$53,475$25.7151
18Colorado$54,095$26.01266
19Oklahoma$56,202$27.0252
20Hawaii$64,263$30.9022
21North Carolina$49,849$23.97547
22Wyoming$51,568$24.7925
23Nevada$56,250$27.0442
24Michigan$51,052$24.54289
25District of Columbia$51,041$24.54125
26Washington$47,666$22.92690
27Arkansas$50,897$24.4763
28Oregon$48,331$23.24355
29Missouri$46,363$22.29408
30New Hampshire$47,635$22.9085
31Ohio$48,129$23.14376
32New Mexico$46,313$22.27102
33Virginia$50,249$24.16392
34Nebraska$46,062$22.1599
35Kansas$46,071$22.1589
36South Dakota$45,451$21.8531
37Kentucky$46,834$22.5295
38Idaho$44,939$21.6164
39Iowa$42,857$20.60149
40West Virginia$42,306$20.3448
41Vermont$41,460$19.9337
42Texas$43,279$20.81756
43Alaska$39,631$19.0527
44North Dakota$37,561$18.0639
45Florida$43,560$20.94362
46Alabama$41,823$20.1181
47Louisiana$40,035$19.2587
48Mississippi$40,292$19.3750
49Utah$38,222$18.38110
50South Carolina$38,411$18.4795
51Georgia$36,601$17.60252

Highest Paying Cities For Postdoctoral Scholars

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Santa Cruz, CA$71,082$34.17
2Tempe, AZ$60,183$28.93
3New York, NY$58,680$28.21
4Reno, NV$58,401$28.08
5Chicago, IL$55,113$26.50
6Pittsburgh, PA$54,538$26.22
7Boulder, CO$53,840$25.88
8Boston, MA$53,086$25.52
9Greenville, NC$51,120$24.58
10Eugene, OR$49,937$24.01
11Cleveland, OH$48,973$23.54
12Seattle, WA$47,823$22.99
13Albuquerque, NM$46,356$22.29
14Tampa, FL$43,903$21.11
15Iowa City, IA$43,131$20.74

Postdoctoral Scholar Salary Details

Postdoctoral Scholar Salary

What is a Postdoctoral Scholar's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$71,000$5,917$34
75th Percentile$61,000$5,083$29
Average$52,113$4,343$25
25th Percentile$44,000$3,667$21
10th Percentile$37,000$3,083$18

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Research Chemist$78,999$6,583$37.9853,769
Research And Development Chemist$73,381$6,115$35.28100,225
Quality Control Analyst$51,248$4,271$24.6485,546
Quality Control Chemist$56,317$4,693$27.0890,467
Chemist$58,294$4,858$28.0320,221
Graduate Research Student$36,586$3,049$17.5958,921

Which Companies Pay Postdoctoral Scholars The Most?

The highest paying companies for postdoctoral scholars are Microsoft and Google according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Amd and Los Alamos National Laboratory report highly competitive wages for postdoctoral scholars.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Microsoft$145,471$69.9436
2Google$141,794$68.17136
3Amd$94,217$45.30
4Los Alamos National Laboratory$81,109$38.99100
5Oak Ridge National Laboratory$80,732$38.81
6Sandia National Labs$80,151$38.5375
7Argonne National Laboratory$77,043$37.0457
8Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory$71,013$34.14
9Stanford University$70,503$33.9032
10Bayer$67,771$32.5818
11The University of Chicago$64,438$30.98
12Novartis$63,913$30.7356
13Western Digital$63,464$30.512
14UC Santa Barbara$63,116$30.343
15Univ Of Colorado-Colorado Spgs$61,985$29.80141
16Nationwide Children's Hospital$61,671$29.6554
17University of California, Berkeley$61,132$29.3923
18Sephora$60,994$29.321
19Miriam Hospital$60,529$29.109
20Arizona State University$60,364$29.024

Postdoctoral Scholar Salary Trends

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.

Average Postdoctoral Scholar Salary Over Time

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

    Postdoctoral Scholar Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$52,100$25.05+3.0%
    2021$50,600$24.31+4.5%
    2020$48,300$23.22+3.2%
    2019$46,700$22.48+1.9%
    2018$45,900$22.05-2.1%

    Recently Added Postdoctoral Scholar Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Accu-MoldAccumold ScholarAnkeny, IA05/31/2022$31,305
    University of KentuckyPost Doctoral ScholarLexington, KY05/29/2022$50,000
    University of PennsylvaniaMeasey Surgical Scholar (Surgery Dept.)Philadelphia, PA05/23/2022$35,568
    Northern Arizona UniversityPostdoctoral Scholar-Ethics & LeadershipFlagstaff, AZ05/12/2022$41,084
    Uc San DiegoPostdoctoral ScholarsSan Diego, CA05/09/2022$53,760
    BMW Group2022 BMW Fast Track ScholarsSpartanburg, SC05/09/2022$37,566
    Johns Hopkins UniversityJohns Hopkins Neuroscience ScholarBaltimore, MD05/08/2022$31,305
    University of Nevada, RenoPostdoctoral Scholar, NresReno, NV05/08/2022$53,000
    Teaneck School DistrictHawthorne Scholars Summer Program 2022Teaneck, NJ05/07/2022$104,350
    California Museum-PhotographyPostdoctoral Position In The Interfacial Science LaboratoryRiverside, CA05/07/2022$54,540

    Postdoctoral Scholar Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Postdoctoral Scholars the most?

    New Jersey pays Postdoctoral Scholars the most in the United States, with an average salary of $68,159 per year, or $32.77 per hour.

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

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Postdoctoral Scholar if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $67,665 per year.

    What type of Postdoctoral Scholar gets paid the most?

    Research Scientist gets paid the most. Research Scientist made a median salary of $84,125. The best-paid 10 percent make $107,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $65,000.

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