In 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule increasing the salary threshold required for executive, administrative and professional employees to maintain their “exempt” (from overtime) status, including postdoctoral research associates who work in our laboratories. Effective December 1, 2016, the minimum salary required to classify an employee as exempt increases from $675 per week ($34,125 per year) to $913.00 per week ($47,476 per year).
Therefore, CUNY recommends the following annual stipend levels apply to all individuals receiving support through institutional research training grants or individual fellowships, including the Minority Access to Research Career (MARC) program.
The stipend level for the entire first year of support is determined by the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience when the award is issued. Relevant experience may include research experience (including industrial), teaching assistantship, internship, residency, clinical duties, or other time spent in a health-related field beyond that of the qualifying doctoral degree. Once the appropriate stipend level has been determined, the fellow must be paid at that level for the entire grant year. The stipend for each additional year of support is the next level in the stipend structure and does not change mid-year.