Vice President for Research Statement on Salary and Benefits

The Vice President for Research periodically updates the community on standards related to postdocs. Below please find summary information related to salary/stipend thresholds, health benefits for postdoctoral fellows, mentoring requirements, and individual development plans. We have an outstanding population of over 1500 postdocs at MIT, and we are committed to providing mentoring and career development that supports each postdoc’s advancement on the path to professional independence.

Mandatory Minimum Salary Level for Postdoctoral Scholars

Effective January 1, 2024, the minimum salary/stipend for all postdoctoral scholars (Postdoctoral Associates and Postdoctoral Fellows) is $66,950.

The minimum salary/stipend for postdoctoral scholars is reviewed each fall, and adjustments take effect annually on January 1. The annual reappointment of a postdoc does not trigger an increase as a matter of policy; however, PIs retain discretion to provide a salary or stipend above the Institute-wide minimum and are encouraged to consider the competitive landscape when doing so. For more information, see the letter from MIT leadership

Health Benefits for Postdoctoral Fellows

We are committed to equalizing the cost of health insurance between postdoc fellows and associates, so that the premiums paid by fellows are not greater than what they would be paying if they were postdoctoral associates. At the time of the initial appointment, MIT administrative contacts conduct an evaluation, factoring in any health insurance coverage included in the fellowship. When the remaining cost to the fellow would exceed that of a postdoctoral associate, they arrange in advance for the faculty host to provide the difference between the cost to the individual for fellows versus associates. For each category of coverage, the current annual premium cost difference is indicated below.

2022-2023 Annual Rates

Benefits Annual Rates

Coverage Tier

Postdoc Associates MIT Traditional Health Plan

Postdoc Fellows MIT Affiliate Plan and Extended Insurance

Difference

Individual

$2,784

$4,673

-$1,889

Individual and Spouse (or Spousal Equivalent)

$6,696

$8,329

-$1,633

Individual and dependent

$5,724

$5,793

-$69

Family

$8,820

$9,450

-$630

Child Care Supplement

Postdoctoral scholars who need child care in order to work are eligible for a portable child care supplement.

  • Postdoctoral Associates: you may apply for the 2024 supplement during Benefits Open Enrollment in fall 2023
  • Postdoctoral Fellows: you may apply for the 2024 supplement through Postdoctoral Services in fall 2023

Mentoring Plans

Regular communication between postdocs and supervisors is vital. Postdocs and their supervisors should plan for an introductory meeting to set overall goals and construct a mentoring plan, which must be provided with the initial appointment. The annual renewal of an appointment must include a progress report on the career development plan including future goals that is co-signed by both the postdoc and advisor and reflects an in person meeting. A basic outline for a mentoring plan, suggested template for an annual review, and other related resources are part of the Postdoctoral Mentoring and Advising Toolkit.

Individual Development Plans

FPAC has recommended Individual Development Plans for our postdocs, and we now have IDP guidance and a career planning strategy document as part of the Postdoctoral Mentoring and Advising Toolkit.. NIH guidelines require discussion of whether and how an IDP is used for any postdoc supported by the NIH. Independent of the NIH, an IDP can be useful to assist postdocs in identifying a career that fits their skills and interests.