Salary Guidelines for Officers of Research


April 14, 2017

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: Salary Guidelines for Officers of Research

I am enclosing the new salary ranges for the 2017-18 academic year for full-time officers of research. These ranges, and the guidelines described below, should be used in determining the salaries for the upcoming year for officers of research throughout the University. Human Resources will send you separate instructions on the research support staff.

As of July I, 2017, the minimum salary for associate research scientists/scholars will be equal to or greater than the NIH salary for postdoctoral research fellows with five years of experience.


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 ($47,784). 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 2.5 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), and it is strongly recommended that their appointments should not be for less than six months. 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 x41337; at CUMC please call Anne L. Taylor, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, at 305-4993.



cc:    Department Chairs
         Directors, Institutes and Centers
         Departmental Administrators        



2017-18 Salary Guidelines for

Full-Time Officers of Research

Columbia University



Review Point


Associate Research Scientist/Scholar 54,660   115,431
Research Scientist/Scholar 74,012   148,024
Senior Research Scientist/Scholar 81,028   165,678


Postdoctoral Research Scientist/Scholar 48,663   89,137  
Postdoctoral Research Fellow 47,476    - 


Staff Associate 48,663   101,492
Senior Staff Associate 60,658   134,104



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