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    Postdoc salaries are determined based on the year their PhD degree was awarded or requirements were met. See below for more information regarding Distinguished Fellows Salary.

    Postdoc salary increases occur once annually for all postdocs just after the LANL merit exercise is complete.  This year, salaries are adjusted at 4.0% above the previous structure amount, with newly graduated postdocs at a 2.7% increase over last year.

    Postdoc salaries align with the year they completed their PhD, not the specific anniversary date. 

    PhD Graduation Year2023 Salary2024 Salary
    2024 $94,500

    Distinguished Postdocs

    Distinguished Postdocs have a separate salary structure based on start date and time at LANL. All Distinguished Postdocs move to the next level/year in February.

    Year at LANL2023 Salary2024 Salary
    1st Year$120,000$123,000
    2nd Year$124,200$125,000
    3rd Year$126,270$128,000


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