Sigma Xi Postdoc Survey

Results by Gender, All Institutions

Survey results by gender for all institutions aggregated together. Excludes respondents who indicated that they were not in fact a postdoc (question RE25 in "Your Postdoc")

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Page 3: Benefits and Services

"Benefits and Services" covers salaries, benefits, tax information, vacation, and the adequacy of various resources.

BS01. Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01A. Health insurance for yourself [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 97.2% (2409 / 2479) 97.5% (1831 / 1877)
2 = Not available 2.1% (52 / 2479) 2.0% (37 / 1877)
3 = Don't know ≤1.0% (≤25 / 2479) ≤1.0% (≤19 / 1877)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01B. Health insurance for your family [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 81.4% (1993 / 2449) 81.9% (1504 / 1836)
2 = Not available 9.0% (221 / 2449) 7.5% (138 / 1836)
3 = Don't know 9.6% (235 / 2449) 10.6% (194 / 1836)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01C. Dental insurance [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 77.0% (1909 / 2480) 76.6% (1425 / 1861)
2 = Not available 18.3% (453 / 2480) 19.1% (355 / 1861)
3 = Don't know 4.8% (118 / 2480) 4.4% (81 / 1861)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01D. Vision insurance [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 45.5% (1089 / 2395) 47.7% (855 / 1793)
2 = Not available 30.2% (724 / 2395) 32.7% (587 / 1793)
3 = Don't know 24.3% (582 / 2395) 19.6% (351 / 1793)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01E. Disability insurance [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 43.5% (1030 / 2369) 40.8% (727 / 1783)
2 = Not available 15.7% (371 / 2369) 17.7% (316 / 1783)
3 = Don't know 40.9% (968 / 2369) 41.5% (740 / 1783)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01F. Life insurance [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 55.3% (1330 / 2404) 52.0% (945 / 1819)
2 = Not available 17.8% (429 / 2404) 20.9% (381 / 1819)
3 = Don't know 26.8% (645 / 2404) 27.1% (493 / 1819)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01G. Counseling/mental health services [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 45.7% (1067 / 2333) 53.6% (949 / 1770)
2 = Not available 11.9% (278 / 2333) 10.9% (193 / 1770)
3 = Don't know 42.3% (988 / 2333) 35.5% (628 / 1770)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01H. Retirement plan [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 41.9% (1001 / 2388) 38.4% (694 / 1806)
2 = Not available 36.5% (872 / 2388) 43.1% (779 / 1806)
3 = Don't know 21.6% (515 / 2388) 18.4% (333 / 1806)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01I. Child care [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 24.9% (580 / 2332) 27.7% (489 / 1765)
2 = Not available 28.9% (674 / 2332) 31.6% (558 / 1765)
3 = Don't know 46.2% (1078 / 2332) 40.7% (718 / 1765)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01J. Family leave (maternity/paternity) [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 30.9% (722 / 2334) 43.7% (780 / 1783)
2 = Not available 15.4% (359 / 2334) 14.9% (265 / 1783)
3 = Don't know 53.7% (1253 / 2334) 41.4% (738 / 1783)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01K. Athletic facilities [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 65.5% (1545 / 2360) 73.5% (1305 / 1776)
2 = Not available 20.5% (483 / 2360) 17.5% (311 / 1776)
3 = Don't know 14.1% (332 / 2360) 9.0% (160 / 1776)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01L. Parking [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 70.3% (1677 / 2385) 76.8% (1390 / 1810)
2 = Not available 21.6% (514 / 2385) 17.2% (311 / 1810)
3 = Don't know 8.1% (194 / 2385) 6.0% (109 / 1810)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01M. Tuition/fees for courses at your institution [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 36.2% (846 / 2337) 42.4% (753 / 1774)
2 = Not available 20.6% (482 / 2337) 18.9% (335 / 1774)
3 = Don't know 43.2% (1009 / 2337) 38.7% (686 / 1774)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01N. Flexible spending/medical savings account [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 30.4% (710 / 2333) 31.4% (557 / 1773)
2 = Not available 22.2% (517 / 2333) 26.7% (473 / 1773)
3 = Don't know 47.4% (1106 / 2333) 41.9% (743 / 1773)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01O. Credit union [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 56.9% (1344 / 2360) 55.0% (978 / 1778)
2 = Not available 13.6% (320 / 2360) 14.5% (257 / 1778)
3 = Don't know 29.5% (696 / 2360) 30.5% (543 / 1778)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01P. Voluntary tax-deferred savings plan (403b/401k) [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 30.4% (711 / 2339) 31.6% (557 / 1761)
2 = Not available 25.8% (603 / 2339) 29.4% (517 / 1761)
3 = Don't know 43.8% (1025 / 2339) 39.0% (687 / 1761)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01Q. Subsidized housing [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 13.9% (325 / 2332) 13.9% (243 / 1749)
2 = Not available 50.6% (1179 / 2332) 50.3% (879 / 1749)
3 = Don't know 35.5% (828 / 2332) 35.8% (627 / 1749)
 
Which of the following benefits are available to you at your institution?
BS01R. Public transportation subsidies [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Available 44.8% (1059 / 2364) 46.4% (831 / 1791)
2 = Not available 28.7% (678 / 2364) 28.6% (513 / 1791)
3 = Don't know 26.5% (627 / 2364) 25.0% (447 / 1791)
 
BS02. From the list below, please select your top choices for benefits that you would like to see implemented or improved. [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
Check at most 3 items.
  Men Women
8 = Retirement plan 31.2% (748 / 2397) 35.6% (657 / 1847)
3 = Dental insurance 33.5% (803 / 2397) 30.6% (565 / 1847)
9 = Child care 21.3% (511 / 2397) 27.7% (511 / 1847)
1 = Health insurance for yourself 25.1% (601 / 2397) 22.1% (409 / 1847)
2 = Health insurance for your family 28.5% (682 / 2397) 17.3% (319 / 1847)
17 = Subsidized housing 25.5% (612 / 2397) 18.6% (344 / 1847)
4 = Vision insurance 17.2% (413 / 2397) 19.1% (352 / 1847)
12 = Parking 16.1% (387 / 2397) 15.5% (287 / 1847)
16 = Voluntary tax-deferred savings plan (403b/401k) 13.6% (326 / 2397) 17.1% (316 / 1847)
10 = Family leave (maternity/paternity) 5.9% (141 / 2397) 17.0% (314 / 1847)
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BS03_revised. Which of the following applies to you? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = I receive a specified number of vacation/annual leave days and am eligible for a specified number of sick days 31.1% (731 / 2347) 30.0% (521 / 1737)
2 = I receive a specified number of days that may be used either for vacation/annual leave or sick days 5.3% (125 / 2347) 5.9% (103 / 1737)
3 = I receive a specified number of vacation/annual leave days but am NOT eligible for sick days 1.2% (28 / 2347) 2.0% (34 / 1737)
4 = I do NOT receive any vacation/annual leave days but am eligible for a specified number of sick days 1.6% (38 / 2347) ≤1.0% (≤18 / 1737)
5 = I do NOT receive any vacation/annual leave days or sick days 2.4% (56 / 2347) 2.3% (40 / 1737)
6 = Vacation time and sick leave are determined on an informal basis but must be approved by my postdoc advisor 30.4% (713 / 2347) 38.5% (669 / 1737)
7 = Vacation time and sick leave are determined on an informal basis and do NOT need to be approved by my postdoc advisor 12.6% (296 / 2347) 11.0% (191 / 1737)
8 = I don't know 13.2% (309 / 2347) 8.6% (150 / 1737)
9 = Prefer not to answer 2.2% (51 / 2347) ≤1.0% (≤18 / 1737)
 
BS04a. How many days of paid vacation/annual leave doyou receive per year? [More details]
Note: Asked of people who receive a specified number of vacation days.
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents (subject to the condition below) [?]
Condition: BS03_revised=1 or BS03_revised=3 [?]
  Men Women
Mean 17.5   17.6  
Standard deviation 5.7   5.8  
 
BS04b. For how many days of sick leave are you eligible for per year? [More details]
Note: Asked of people who receive a specified number of sick days
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents (subject to the condition below) [?]
Condition: BS03_revised=1 or BS03_revised=4 [?]
  Men Women
Mean 11.4   13.1  
Standard deviation 5.2   12.1  
 
BS04d. How many days of paid vacation/annual leave/sick leave did you take in the past 12 months? [More details]
Note: Asked of people whose vacation and sick days are determined on an informal basis
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents (subject to the condition below) [?]
Condition: BS03_revised=6 or BS03_revised=7 [?]
  Men Women
Mean 12.0   13.4  
Standard deviation 8.5   11.4  
 
BS05. Please indicate the extent to which the following resources at your institution meet your needs. [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
 
Please indicate the extent to which the following resources at your institution meet your needs.
BS05A. Office space [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
3 = Meets your needs very well 44.0% (1083 / 2464) 41.8% (783 / 1871)
2 = Meets your needs somewhat 42.2% (1039 / 2464) 41.1% (769 / 1871)
1 = Does not meet your research needs at all 11.6% (285 / 2464) 14.3% (267 / 1871)
4 = Not applicable/Don't know 2.3% (57 / 2464) 2.8% (52 / 1871)
 
Please indicate the extent to which the following resources at your institution meet your needs.
BS05B. Office supplies [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
3 = Meets your needs very well 64.5% (1587 / 2460) 64.7% (1202 / 1859)
2 = Meets your needs somewhat 29.4% (723 / 2460) 29.5% (548 / 1859)
1 = Does not meet your research needs at all 4.8% (118 / 2460) 4.4% (82 / 1859)
4 = Not applicable/Don't know 1.3% (32 / 2460) 1.5% (27 / 1859)
 
Please indicate the extent to which the following resources at your institution meet your needs.
BS05C. Computers [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
3 = Meets your needs very well 59.0% (1458 / 2471) 57.7% (1078 / 1868)
2 = Meets your needs somewhat 31.1% (768 / 2471) 30.5% (569 / 1868)
1 = Does not meet your research needs at all 9.3% (230 / 2471) 10.7% (200 / 1868)
4 = Not applicable/Don't know ≤1.0% (≤25 / 2471) 1.1% (21 / 1868)
 
Please indicate the extent to which the following resources at your institution meet your needs.
BS05D. Laboratory space [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
3 = Meets your needs very well 54.1% (1331 / 2462) 52.4% (974 / 1858)
2 = Meets your needs somewhat 29.1% (717 / 2462) 28.9% (537 / 1858)
1 = Does not meet your research needs at all 6.2% (152 / 2462) 5.1% (95 / 1858)
4 = Not applicable/Don't know 10.6% (262 / 2462) 13.6% (252 / 1858)
 
Please indicate the extent to which the following resources at your institution meet your needs.
BS05E. Laboratory equipment [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
3 = Meets your needs very well 54.9% (1349 / 2456) 54.3% (1010 / 1861)
2 = Meets your needs somewhat 30.8% (757 / 2456) 28.4% (529 / 1861)
1 = Does not meet your research needs at all 3.3% (80 / 2456) 3.2% (59 / 1861)
4 = Not applicable/Don't know 11.0% (270 / 2456) 14.1% (263 / 1861)
 
Please indicate the extent to which the following resources at your institution meet your needs.
BS05F. Laboratory supplies [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
3 = Meets your needs very well 63.9% (1565 / 2448) 63.3% (1173 / 1852)
2 = Meets your needs somewhat 22.4% (548 / 2448) 20.5% (380 / 1852)
1 = Does not meet your research needs at all 2.5% (62 / 2448) 2.0% (37 / 1852)
4 = Not applicable/Don't know 11.2% (273 / 2448) 14.1% (262 / 1852)
 
Please indicate the extent to which the following resources at your institution meet your needs.
BS05G. Institutional research facilities or centers (e.g. core facilities, supercomputers) [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
3 = Meets your needs very well 58.1% (1424 / 2453) 61.1% (1133 / 1854)
2 = Meets your needs somewhat 29.9% (733 / 2453) 27.8% (516 / 1854)
1 = Does not meet your research needs at all 3.7% (90 / 2453) 2.4% (44 / 1854)
4 = Not applicable/Don't know 8.4% (206 / 2453) 8.7% (161 / 1854)
 
Please indicate the extent to which the following resources at your institution meet your needs.
BS05H. Access to reference materials [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
3 = Meets your needs very well 71.4% (1757 / 2462) 74.7% (1392 / 1863)
2 = Meets your needs somewhat 24.4% (600 / 2462) 22.2% (414 / 1863)
1 = Does not meet your research needs at all 2.8% (68 / 2462) 2.0% (37 / 1863)
4 = Not applicable/Don't know 1.5% (37 / 2462) 1.1% (20 / 1863)
 
Please indicate the extent to which the following resources at your institution meet your needs.
BS05I. Seminars [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
3 = Meets your needs very well 63.0% (1548 / 2456) 64.0% (1185 / 1852)
2 = Meets your needs somewhat 30.5% (749 / 2456) 30.5% (564 / 1852)
1 = Does not meet your research needs at all 4.7% (115 / 2456) 4.2% (78 / 1852)
4 = Not applicable/Don't know 1.8% (44 / 2456) 1.3% (25 / 1852)
 
Please indicate the extent to which the following resources at your institution meet your needs.
BS05J. Funding for travel to conferences [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
3 = Meets your needs very well 39.3% (968 / 2460) 40.2% (747 / 1857)
2 = Meets your needs somewhat 32.7% (804 / 2460) 34.1% (633 / 1857)
1 = Does not meet your research needs at all 17.1% (420 / 2460) 15.4% (286 / 1857)
4 = Not applicable/Don't know 10.9% (268 / 2460) 10.3% (191 / 1857)
 
Please indicate the extent to which the following resources at your institution meet your needs.
BS05K. Technical assistance [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
3 = Meets your needs very well 38.6% (947 / 2451) 36.1% (668 / 1852)
2 = Meets your needs somewhat 43.5% (1066 / 2451) 45.1% (836 / 1852)
1 = Does not meet your research needs at all 12.4% (305 / 2451) 12.7% (236 / 1852)
4 = Not applicable/Don't know 5.4% (133 / 2451) 6.0% (112 / 1852)
 
BS06. Does your institution offer any of the following services/resources to postdocs? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
 
Does your institution offer any of the following services/resources to postdocs?
BS06A. Intramural sports [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 34.3% (841 / 2453) 28.9% (537 / 1859)
2 = No 25.3% (621 / 2453) 25.3% (471 / 1859)
3 = Don't know 40.4% (991 / 2453) 45.8% (851 / 1859)
 
Does your institution offer any of the following services/resources to postdocs?
BS06B. Informal social events (meeting for meals, drinks, parties, annual picnics) [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 70.2% (1727 / 2459) 71.2% (1327 / 1865)
2 = No 14.0% (345 / 2459) 15.4% (287 / 1865)
3 = Don't know 15.7% (387 / 2459) 13.5% (251 / 1865)
 
Does your institution offer any of the following services/resources to postdocs?
BS06C. Formal or official social events such as holiday parties [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 60.3% (1476 / 2447) 59.8% (1112 / 1859)
2 = No 18.5% (453 / 2447) 20.4% (380 / 1859)
3 = Don't know 21.2% (518 / 2447) 19.7% (367 / 1859)
 
Does your institution offer any of the following services/resources to postdocs?
BS06D. Inclusion on departmental/division mailing lists [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 84.1% (2069 / 2460) 83.1% (1547 / 1861)
2 = No 6.2% (153 / 2460) 8.1% (151 / 1861)
3 = Don't know 9.7% (238 / 2460) 8.8% (163 / 1861)
 
Does your institution offer any of the following services/resources to postdocs?
BS06E. Inclusion in the institutional directory [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 74.7% (1828 / 2447) 73.1% (1359 / 1859)
2 = No 6.6% (162 / 2447) 7.2% (134 / 1859)
3 = Don't know 18.7% (457 / 2447) 19.7% (366 / 1859)
 
BS07. Does your institution have a postdoctoral association? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 65.1% (1608 / 2471) 72.8% (1365 / 1874)
2 = No 8.1% (201 / 2471) 7.8% (147 / 1874)
3 = Don't know 26.6% (658 / 2471) 19.3% (362 / 1874)
4 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤25 / 2471) ≤1.0% (≤19 / 1874)
 
BS08. Does your institution have a postdoc office with paid staff? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 35.3% (877 / 2485) 38.5% (724 / 1880)
2 = No 16.5% (410 / 2485) 16.3% (306 / 1880)
3 = Don't know 48.2% (1197 / 2485) 45.1% (847 / 1880)
4 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤25 / 2485) ≤1.0% (≤19 / 1880)
 
BS09. Do you participate in your postdoctoral association's/office's activities? [More details]
Note: Asked of people who report having a postdoctoral office and / or association at their institution
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents (subject to the condition below) [?]
Condition: BS07=1 or BS08=1 [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 36.4% (640 / 1758) 40.8% (598 / 1465)
2 = No 58.1% (1022 / 1758) 54.9% (805 / 1465)
3 = Prefer not to answer 5.5% (96 / 1758) 4.2% (62 / 1465)
 
BS11. Do you think it would be useful to have a postdoc association or office at your institution? [More details]
Note: Asked of people who report having neither a postdoctoral office nor ans association at their institution
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents (subject to the condition below) [?]
Condition: (BS07=2 or BS07=3) and (BS08=2 or BS08=3) [?]
  Men Women
1 = Not at all useful 6.6% (47 / 707) 4.7% (19 / 402)
2 = Somewhat useful 37.3% (264 / 707) 36.1% (145 / 402)
3 = Very useful 33.4% (236 / 707) 38.8% (156 / 402)
4 = Don't know 22.1% (156 / 707) 19.7% (79 / 402)
5 = Prefer not to answer ≤1.0% (≤8 / 707) ≤1.0% (≤5 / 402)
 
BS13. What is your annual postdoc salary or stipend in U.S. dollars, before taxes? [More details]
  Men Women
Mean 39430.0   39056.1  
Standard deviation 8249.6   10522.2  
 
BS14. Do you pay U.S. social security (FICA) taxes? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 64.5% (1591 / 2468) 64.4% (1198 / 1860)
2 = No 21.6% (534 / 2468) 23.3% (434 / 1860)
3 = Don't know 12.0% (296 / 2468) 10.5% (196 / 1860)
4 = Prefer not to answer 1.9% (47 / 2468) 1.7% (32 / 1860)
 
BS15. Do you pay U.S. self-employment tax (Tax Form 1040, Schedule C)? [More details]
Sampling: Asked of ~1 in 2 respondents [?]
  Men Women
1 = Yes 10.8% (267 / 2472) 13.6% (253 / 1858)
2 = No 61.8% (1527 / 2472) 58.8% (1093 / 1858)
3 = Don't know 25.4% (629 / 2472) 25.8% (479 / 1858)
4 = Prefer not to answer 2.0% (49 / 2472) 1.8% (33 / 1858)
 

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