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Postdoctoral Appointee Minimum Compensation for FY2024

Published February 14, 2023

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to announce that, starting FY2024, Washington University in St. Louis will establish the postdoctoral appointee minimum compensation (salary or stipend) based on the NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Year 1 stipend amount. Approved by the Vice Chancellor for Research, this measure acknowledges the outstanding accomplishments and highly specialized work of all Postdoctoral Research Associates and Scholars, whose passion and talent are central to the world-class research conducted at Washington University.

Accordingly, the minimum compensation for Washington University Postdoctoral Research Associates and Scholars for FY2024 will be $56,880 per year as of July 1, 2023 (per year defined as a 12-month appointment).

This amount corresponds to the NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Year 1 stipend of $56,880 for the federal FY2023, as indicated in the notice NOT-OD-23-076. Note that the University establishes only the required minimum salary or stipend. The University does not define a compensation scale nor a maximum compensation amount for postdoctoral appointees.

Following University policies, when extramural agencies set stipends at a rate less than the University minimum, it is required that the principal investigator or department provide additional funding to bring the pay level of the postdoctoral appointee up to at least the established minimum.

All postdoctoral appointees should complete an annual review with their faculty supervisor and receive compensation increases appropriate to their experience and performance. The NIH NRSA scale could serve as a guide for annual increases. A postdoctoral annual review template is available on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs’ Policies & Benefits webpage.

Please share this information with others in your department. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at

Paola Cepeda, PhD
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs