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Stipends & Salaries

Minimum Salary/Stipend Levels

Effective December 1, 2016, a minimum salary and stipend level for all full-time postdoctoral appointees was established by Vanderbilt of $47,484 per appointment year. This minimum payment is regardless of job classification (fellow or trainee) and funding mechanism (salary or stipend). This minimum payment does not apply to postdoctoral appointees who work less than 40 hours per week. A postdoctoral appointee who works less than 40 hours per week will be prorated based on years of experience, per the NIH chart below. A postdoctoral salary/stipend may be supplemented at the request of the faculty mentor/principle investigator and approved by the respective dean of the postdoctoral appointee's home department.

Upon reappointment, all postdoctoral scholars should be offered a stipend of at least the current NIH NRSA scale below based on their years of postdoctoral experience. There is no set maximum allowable compensation. A postdoctoral salary/stipend may be supplemented at the request of the faculty mentor/principle investigator and approved by the respective dean of the postdoctoral appointee's home department.

FY 2017 Stipend Levels for Postdoctoral Trainees and Fellows on NIH NRSA

Career Level Years of Experience Actual Stipend for FY 2016 Stipend for FY 2017 Monthly Stipend
Postdoctoral 0 $43,692 $47,484 $3,957
  1 $45,444 $47,844 $3,987
  2 $47,268 $48,216 $4,018
  3 $49,152 $50,316 $4,193
  4 $51,120 $52,140 $4,345
  5 $53,160 $54,228 $4,519
  6 $55,296 $56,400 $4,700
  7 or more $57,504 $58,560 $4,880

 

Additional information is located at NIH FY 2017 Stipend Levels.