Salary Guidelines for Officers of Research 2020-21

Salary ranges for the 2020-21 academic year for full-time officers of research

May 26, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Each year, we share the Salary Guidelines for research officers with administrators and principal investigators. The Salary Guidelines attached to this message describe the ranges that should be used to determine the salaries for full-time officers of research for the 2020-21 academic year. 

These ranges are unchanged from those for the 2019-20 academic year, with the exception that the minimum salary/stipend for postdoctoral research scientists, scholars, and fellows has been raised to the minimum of $52,704 set by the National Institutes of Health for those with no years of experience.

A salary freeze will be in place during the coming academic year for all appointments and reappointments starting July 1, 2020. Thus, there will be no salary increases for any reappointment with an anniversary date between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Written offers extended prior to March 24 will be honored.

As negotiations with the Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW are ongoing, it is possible that guidelines for postdoctoral research scientists/scholars and associate research scientists/scholars will be updated. A separate communication will be sent when a contract is ratified.

I also wish to remind you of the University policy introduced several years ago regarding postdoctoral research fellows. Salary/stipends for all postdoctoral research scientists, scholars, and fellows, those appointed prior to July 1, 2020 as well as those hired on or after July 1, 2020, must equal no less than the minimum the NIH has set for those with no years of experience ($52,704). If any stipends for fellows are below the NIH minimum, the principal investigators, or their department, school, institute, or center, must supplement the stipend with sufficient salary to bring the total up to that amount.

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.

If you have any questions or concerns about these policies, on the Morningside campus you should call Pearl Spiro, Associate Provost for Academic Appointments, at 212-854-1337; at CUIMC please call Anne L. Taylor, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, at 212-305-4993.

With best wishes,

Ira Katznelson
Interim Provost
Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History