This morning there was a NPR story on Postdocs. The story (and lots to talk about in the whole thing) made the claim that:
Whether she succeeds or not, she's part of a shadow workforce made up of highly qualified scientists who work long hours for comparatively little pay, considering their level of education: about $40,000 a year.
The NIH scale is:
The stipend for each additional year of Kirschstein-NRSA support is the next level in the stipend structure and does not change mid-year.
Career Level Years of Experience Stipend for FY 2014 Monthly Stipend Postdoctoral 0 $42,000 $3,500 1 $43,680 $3,640 2 $45,432 $3,786 3 $47,244 $3,937 4 $49,128 $4,094 5 $51,096 $4,258 6 $53,148 $4,429 7 or More $55,272 $4,606
- See more at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-046.html#sthash.RiG1ZhsK.dpuf
Digging a bit deeper, from her webpage:
Dr. Vanessa Hubbard-Lucey received her PhD in 2011 from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY in the lab of Dr. Fernando Macian. She did her thesis work on the role of macroautophagy in T cell activation, in collaboration with Dr. Ana Maria Cuervo. Vanessa was a recipient of the NRSA F30 pre-doctoral fellowship, and currently has an NRSA F32 postdoctoral fellowship studying the role of Atg16L1 after bone marrow transplantation.
So, first, if she got her PhD in 2011, she is at least 3 years post-degree, and should be earning $47,244 according to the table. Second if she is on an NRSA, there is no excuse to be NOT on the scale. In my maths, $47K is closer to $45K or $50K if you are rigorous about rounding.
And, I am glad she found a position in NYC. I am sure she loves The City. But $47K is a lot more than median salary in the United Sates right now. Maybe its not enough to live in NYC, but it is elsewhere.