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What are the postgraduate plans and salaries
of recent recipients of psychology research doctorates?
1 National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. (2015). Doctorate recipients from U.S. universities: 2014. Special
Report NSF 16-300. Arlington, VA. Survey of Earned Doctorates. Retrieved from www.nsf.gov/statistics/2016/nsf16300/data-tables.cfm. This report is based
on 3,765 individuals who received research doctorates in psychology from U.S. institutions in the 2013-14 academic year, and does not include those
with definite postgraduate commitments located outside the U.S. (approximately 3 percent of all psychology research doctorate recipients). A research
doctorate requires the completion of a dissertation or equivalent project and is not primarily intended for the practice of a profession.
2 Academic employment refers to employment in 4-year colleges or universities, medical schools, university-affiliated research institutes, or other
educational institutions. Industry employment refers to employment in non-educational institutions in government, business or industry (for profit), or
Among recent graduates with research
doctorates in psychology, 1 53 percent had
definite commitments for employment or
postdoctoral study at the time they applied
for graduation and 47 percent did not have
For those with definite commitments, 56
percent intended to take a postdoctoral study
position. The remaining 44 percent indicated
academic or industry employment, or other
Median salaries were lowest for those
entering postdoctoral study positions,
and highest for those entering industry
employment (business or industry,
government and nonprofit organization).
— Luona Lin, MPP, Karen Stamm, PhD, and Peggy Christidis, PhD
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Types of postgraduate
Median salaries by postgraduate commitments, 2013–142
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