Table 3-22
Salary and benefits of U.S. S&E doctorate holders in postdoc positions: 2006
 
  Median salary ($)   Benefits (%)
Field of doctorate Academic
postdoc
Nonacademic
postdoc
Nonpostdocs 1–3
years after degree
  Medical Retirement
 
All S&E 40,000 48,000 60,000   90.1 48.9
Computer/mathematical sciences 47,000 55,000 72,000   93.0 69.1
Life sciences 40,000 44,000 55,000   92.9 47.7
Physical sciences 40,000 55,000 63,000   92.7 54.7
Social sciences 40,000 50,000 53,000   75.0 44.8
Engineering 40,000 60,000 71,400   92.4 56.2
 

NOTE: Doctorate recipients in health fields included in life sciences.

SOURCE: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Survey of Doctorate Recipients (2006), Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT), http://sestat.nsf.gov.

Science and Engineering Indicators 2010