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Residency Salary and Benefits

Salary Scales by Academic Year (AY)




Resident Physician 1 $6,699 $80,388
Resident Physician 2 $6,891 $82,695
Resident Physician 3 $7,127 $85,521
Resident Physician 4 $7,373 $88,471


  • Step 3 and Licensing fees reimbursed
  • $50,000 life insurance plan for residents with $100,000 double indemnity clause
  • Health, dental, vision insurance for resident and dependents are at no cost
  • Disability and malpractice insurance provided by UC San Diego at no cost
  • Four (4) weeks of paid vacation each year
  • Four (4) weeks of paid parental bonding leave for each qualifying event
  • White lab coats and white-coat laundry services
  • Access to the library resources of UC San Diego and the VA Medical Center onsite and via internet from offsite
  • All residents receive an annual $10,000 housing stipend that is included in the salary. There is also an annual $750 educational stipend that you can use at your discretion for professional association memberships, abstract submissions, poster printing, and the like.
  • Postgraduate Training License and USMLE Step 3 fees are reimbursed once your PTL is issued.
  • Meal allowance of $200 is deposited into your account once a month.

How much vacation do residents get?

  • All interns and residents get four weeks of vacation each year, in the form of one or two 2-week blocks per year.

How is parking?

  • All interns and residents are able to purchase a UC San Diego "B" parking pass for $90/month or a "A" parking pass for $103/month. This allows for easy parking at all three hospital sites.

For More Information

More detailed information regarding salary scale, lump sum payments, and Step 3 and Licensing Fee reimbursement is available on the Office of Graduate Medical Education website.