Does one usually negotiate the summer salary into start-iup package or separately? Given a fixed budge, is it easier to negotiate a summer salary or a salary of an research assistant?
Date: 22 Mar 2013 11:04
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I think it's usually budgeted as part of the start-up package. In both places I was negotiating this year, the summer salary was written into the start-up. However, I've found that each school's way of handling faculty negotiations is its own unique snowflake..
It would be easier to negotiate for 2 months summer salary. It is much less than an RA which could cost anywhere from 30-40k.
Make sure you communicate that summer salary AND research start up money is important to you. Many places will say here is "50K or here is 80K. You can use it for summer salary, an RA OR a new set of fancy computers." In other words, they will try to give you a lump sum you can use for one or the other so you have to communicate that you would like BOTH.
Just be careful. Negotiation can rub people the wrong way. Figure out what the norms are for a particular University and work within those norms.
This seems like a institution specific thing. When I was on the market a few years ago, I had 3 offers all from R1s. One place would not include summer salary in the start up (coincidentally the highest ranked school), the place I ended up at offered 1 month as a standard, and i was able to negotiate 3 months at the remaining R1 (this was the lowest ranked school of the three).
I can't hurt to ask, but expect that the school has a sort of standard amount for this.