Salary & Benefits


UNMC has a mandated minimum salary policy for freshman postdoctoral scholars. This is determined every year by a formula based on the stipend recommended for the freshman postdoc in the National Research Service Award (NRSA) issued by the National Institutes of Health(NIH).  UNMC adjusts the salary with the cost of living index (COLI) in Omaha, provided by Sperling's Best Places. The COLI for Omaha will be obtained by averaging the figures provided by Sperling's Best Places and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce or Missouri's Economic Research and Information Center (whichever has the most current update at the time of publishing).  

Career Level

Years of Experience

NIH Stipend for FY 2018
for freshman postdocs

UNMC Stipend
(NIH stipend, adjust to COLI)





Health and Life Insurance Benefits

Postdoctoral research associates/fellows and research associates working at a rate of 0.50 or greater are eligible to enroll in the health insurance and life insurance programs. 

Long Term Disability

Postdoctoral research associates or fellow and research associate working at a rate of 0.50 or greater are eligible to enroll for long term disability coverage through UNMC. 

Retirement Program

Postdoctoral research associates and postdoctoral fellows are NOT eligible to participate in the University of Nebraska Basic Retirement program 401(a), however they are eligible for the  Supplemental Retirement Account 403(b) Plan.  All regular "other academic" employees (research associate) who have met the preliminary age, service and employment status requirements or have any of these unfilled requirements waived by the Board and are working at a rate of 0.50 FTE or greater are eligible to participate in the Current Service Retirement Benefits programs of the University of Nebraska.  The standard Policies and Procedures of the University of Nebraska Medical Center shall apply.