HHS Salary Limitations

The Consolidated Appropriations Action, 2012 (Public Law 112-74), signed into law on December 23, 2011, changed the salary limitation on NIH Grants and other extramural mechanisms to Executive Level II. This change is effective with grant awards with an Initial Issue Date on/after 12/23/2011.  Effective January 10, 2016, Executive Level II was increased from $183,300 to $185,100 by Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113).  See NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-15-049, released December 24, 2015.

Thus, salary cannot exceed the allowable monthly rate of pay:  

  •   $15,425 / month
  • $138,825 (AY appointment - 9 months)
  • $169,675 (AY with 2 months allowable summer salary)
  • $183,300 (FY appointment -12 months)

This salary limitation extends to most HHS agencies.  If clarification is necessary, contact specfic agency.

An individual's base salary, per se, is NOT constrained by the legislative provision for a limitation of salary. An institution may pay an individual's salary amount in excess of the salary cap with non-federal funds. The rate limitation simply limits the amount that may be awarded and charged to HHS extramural funds, and applies to subawards/subcontracts for substantive work.  

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