is in a horrible state. NIH post doc salaries start at just 37K and are taxed at 34% when you factor in state, federal, city (some), social security and medicare.
This means you are expected to make a living into your thirties at just 25K per year after tax.
On top of that, the institution I evaluated (Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York) wanted me to pay for my health cover on top of that despite the fact I was doing life science research in a hospital!.
If you know what is good for you, stay out of academic research in this country. Either go to another country or pursue another career. You will end up broke and miserabe despite the fact you may be intelligent and hardworking.