According to an NSF study, the number of postdocs increased about 25% in the last 5 years. We are a massive group of research in the academic world, doing research and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. But still, in most of the places we are still aliens in the University world. We are not students, but we are not faculty either. I’m trying to get funding to attend to a very important meeting in Sydney and I was told by my program and University that simply there is no funding available for postdocs!
In the postdoctoral association we’ve been trying to establish some salary guideline for our University. Of course, there are the NIH salary guidelines, but this just applies to postdocs being paid from an NIH grant. We wanted to put that table in our website because at least it would be some kind of guideline, but were told that no one follows this guidelines in my University, even the labs with NIH funding. Also, as a beginning association, we shouldn’t mess with that because PIs could feel “pressured” to follow the guidelines. Seriously?
How are the salary guidelines in your University? Is there any internal minimum? Or maybe people actually follow the NIH salary guidelines? I’m curious to know how it works out there!