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PhD salary

Postby Giallo » Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:28 pm UTC

How much does a PhD student earn in your university/region/country? In particular, are there big differences in salary from place to place?
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Re: PhD salary

Postby LaserGuy » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:51 am UTC

Here in Canada, it depends quite a bit both by field and by region. In the STEM fields, there is typically a guaranteed minimum funding of around $20,000 per year, but you can get higher than that with scholarships, etc. Again, depending on field, tuition may be waived, but if not, then about of third of those funds will have to go to pay tuition.

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Re: PhD salary

Postby idobox » Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:23 am UTC

Here in UK, I get 1200£/month and tuition is paid. But it depends on your university, and what type of funding you get.
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Re: PhD salary

Postby Newt » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:27 pm UTC

It was 16000 in my U.S. department. The highest I've heard of in my field was 30000 or so in NYC.

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Re: PhD salary

Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:40 pm UTC

My stipend is ~29k. It weirdly fluctuates a bit every semester as we get moved on and off of grants, but it's about 29 now. I also get health insurance.
EDIT: Sorry, I'm at school in the Boston area.
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Re: PhD salary

Postby screen317 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:51 pm UTC

At Yale (Immunology department) I get $31,000, plus tuition is covered. Most healthy related needs are covered, but I voluntarily pay extra for extended health care (in case I ever need an organ transplant for instance), and for eye care and dental care.

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Re: PhD salary

Postby Diemo » Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:06 pm UTC

In Ireland, I get €1000 a month. A lot of people would get €1500 though (it works out as the same amount of money, as the people who get €1500 have 3 years and I have 4). Fees are paid entirely as well.
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Re: PhD salary

Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:20 pm UTC

It might be useful to post a typical cost of living in your area. My rent +utilities is ~1200/mo, but I live in a largish apartment.
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Re: PhD salary

Postby Diemo » Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:25 pm UTC

Cool. Rent+utilities generally works out at around 350 a month. Add in food and it comes up to about 700.

I don't run a car though, which would add significantly to my expenses.
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Re: PhD salary

Postby SU3SU2U1 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:38 pm UTC

It varies widely by field. In the US, physicists usually get around 15k-20k yearly as grad students. Biologists and chemists can make a bit more, 25-30 depending on the sub-specialty and the cost of living. Most places include fairly awful health insurance (usually uncapped 80/20 plans). Outside fellowships can give you a 50% or so.

Postdocs typically make ~2x gradstudents and sometimes (rarely) have some benefits.

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Re: PhD salary

Postby engr » Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:03 pm UTC

In my neck of woods (a state school in US, mechanical engineering department) graduate research or teaching assistants get about $1800/month; also, most of your tuition costs and most of the health insurance (90%) is covered.
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Re: PhD salary

Postby Diemo » Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:14 pm UTC

I guess that I should say that there is no health insurance here, but that the uni provides a free doctor to all students, seeing as everyone is saying it.
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Re: PhD salary

Postby Adacore » Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:22 am UTC

Diemo wrote:I guess that I should say that there is no health insurance here, but that the uni provides a free doctor to all students, seeing as everyone is saying it.

That's largely because in the US, you need health insurance, or you'll have to pay a fortune for any medical care at all. In Ireland, as with every other developed country in the world except the US, there is free public healthcare, so insurance is not needed (you can still get it, for private healthcare, it's just not vital).

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Re: PhD salary

Postby Bryce1 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:01 am UTC

It depends quite a bit both by field and by region. In the STEM fields, there is typically a guaranteed minimum funding of around $20,000 per year.

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Re: PhD salary

Postby Farabor » Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:38 am UTC

Florida state school here, math department, $20000+ tuition.


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