Postdoctoral Scholar Annual NIH Salary Increase

Annually and for all new hires Human Resources will analyze and adjust the salary floors for 12-month postdoctoral scholars pursuant to the NIH schedule.  

New postdoc hires should be placed on a step at hire that coincides with their postdoc experience. Any offer above step 1 or not on a step requires a pay action request form be attached to the offer in MyTrack and should be backed up by the vitae. Work experience that is not postdoctoral work should not be considered when determining the postdoc step.

Per the United Academics CBA, the minimum salary floor for Postdoctoral Scholars on 12-month appointments will be no less than the amounts set according to the NIH Postdoctoral minimum salary schedule and the floor is adjusted each year pursuant to that NIH schedule annually effective July 1st. No retroactive pay is issued for NIH increases due to grant reporting and funding.

Every year after the employee's anniversary*, the employee will be moved to the next NIH level that matches their years of employment at the UO if not hired on a step. Employees hired at a rate of pay outside of the NIH level or at a different level other than "0 Years" will not move to the next minimum until the years of experience at the UO is met and current pay falls below the NIH step. 

*Please note that all the time in a postdoctoral appointment at the UO is counted towards years of service towards the 3 and 5 year limits (this includes unpaid Postdoctoral Fellow appointments.)  The anniversary date is the 1st of the month coinciding with or following the start of postdoc employment at the UO.

NIH Salary Levels

Years at the UO Step NIH Minimum FY21 NIH Minimum FY22
0 1 52,704 53,760
1 2 53,076 54,144
2 3 53,460 54,540
3 4 55,596 56,712
4 5 57,456 58,608
5 6 59,580 60,780
6 7 61,800 63,036
7 8 64,008 65,292

For more information regarding Postdoctoral Appointments, please see the Office of the Provost Website.