Postdoc Compensation

Postdoc Compensation

At UC Berkeley, postdocs must be hired, at minimum, at the salary level on the UC postdoc salary scale (see below) that is appropriate for their experience as a postdoc, in accordance with the agreement between the University of California and UAW, the union representing postdocs in the UC system.

UC Berkeley Postdoc Salary Scale

"Experience level" means a postdoc's previous experience, including postdoctoral appointments at UC and/or other institutions. Postdocs may earn more than the minimum rate corresponding to their experience level.

NEW Salary Scales Effective October 1 (exempt) and October 1 (non-exempt) 2023:

Exempt Postdoc Salary Scale

Non-Exempt Postdoc Salary Scale

Salary Increases

  • Starting in 2023, individual experience levels will go up on April 1 and October 1, depending on the initial UC appointment date.
  • Salary increases are not based on performance.
  • Nothing shall preclude the University from providing compensation at rates above those required by the contract.
  • Postdocs who are paid above the minimum for their experience level on April 1/October 1 receive either an increase to the next experience level or a 3% salary increase, whichever is greater.

Time and Effort - Article 25

  • Postdocs are considered full-time “exempt” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Required work schedule must be reasonable and related to research needs
  • Emphasis is on meeting professional goals and on demonstrating research and creative capabilities, rather than working a specified number of hours.
  • Full-time Postdocs do not receive overtime compensation or compensatory time off.