Salary Guidelines for Officers of Research


August 26, 2016

TO: Deans
  Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences
  Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences
  Executive Vice President for Research
  Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
FROM: John H. Coatsworth, Provost
SUBJECT: Revised Salary Guidelines for Officers of Research

This is a revision of my memo of March 31, 2016. As you will see, the minimum salaries for postdoctoral research scientists, postdoctoral research scholars, postdoctoral research fellows, and staff associates are being raised to be in compliance with the new rules governing minimum salary thresholds and overtime pay for employees across the country that the U.S. Department of Labor issued on May 18, 2016. For further information please refer to the two communications regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that I sent to the community on June 13, 2016 and August 26, 2016 which can be accessed on the announcement page of the Provost site by clicking here.

I also wish to remind you of the University policy introduced several years ago regarding postdoctoral research fellows. The stipends of new postdoctoral research fellows must equal at least the minimum the NIH has set for those with no years of experience ($47,476). Their stipends may, of course, be higher. If any of those fellows' stipends are below the NIH minimum, the principal investigators, or their department, institute or center, must supplement the stipend with salary to bring it up to that level.


The average salary increases your officers of research receive should be at least 2 percent. Individual increases, of course, will depend upon the availability of funding and the performance of the officer.


If possible, officers of research (excluding postdocs) should be reappointed for the academic year (July 1-June 30). Postdocs should be reappointed on their anniversary dates to keep track of their limited appointments. Salaries should be reviewed at the time of reappointment. If an officer's salary is within the approved range and the increase meets the guidelines provided above, you only need to submit the appropriate personnel forms. Salaries that are below the minimum and starting salaries that are above the review point will require the prior approval of my office for Morningside appointments and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences at CUMC. Similarly, we will review salary increases in those units that exceed our guidelines. In those cases, you should provide written explanation of the reasons for the salary or salary increase you are requesting. In the Arts and Sciences and Engineering, such requests will require the approval of the Executive Vice President or Dean before they are forwarded to my office.


I would appreciate your cooperation in implementing these policies. If you have any questions or concerns about them, on the Morningside campus you should call Pearl Spiro, Associate Provost for Academic Appointments, at x43813; at CUMC please call Anne L. Taylor, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, at 305-4993.



cc:    Department Chairs
         Directors, Institutes and Centers
         Departmental Administrators        




2016-17 Salary Guidelines for

Full-Time Officers of Research

Columbia University



Review Point


Associate Research Scientist/Scholar 53,327   112,616
Research Scientist/Scholar 72,207   144,414
Senior Research Scientist/Scholar 79,052   161,637


Postdoctoral Research Scientist/Scholar 47,476* 80,764
Postdoctoral Research Fellow 47,476*  - 


Staff Associate 47,476* 97,877
Senior Staff Associate 59,179   130,833
* Revised salaries to comply with the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations



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