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Salaries & Benefits


2023–2024 salaries:

  • PGY-1: $80,388
  • PGY-2: $82,695
  • PGY-3: $85,521
  • PGY-4: $88,471
  • Additional Stipends: $200/month for meals and $750/year for educational expenses


  • Step 3 and Licensing fees reimbursed as a lump sum of $1827.50 during the PGY-2 year
  • $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 in two 2-week blocks
  • Four (4) weeks of paid parental bonding leave for each qualifying event
  • Leave for illness, family medical emergencies, and maternity/paternity leave
  • 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
  • Computer access to most electronic medical records from home to check labs, sign charts, etc.
  • Meal allowance at both UC San Diego and Rady Children's
  • Lunch provided at many noon conferences
  • Tax-deferred retirement plan (403(b) plan)
  • BLS/ART/PALS/NRP certification at no cost to housestaff
  • DEA license paid for by UCSD
  • AAP and NMPRA membership paid for by program
  • In-service exams paid for by program
  • Discounted MKSAP Digital available through the program with reimbursement for significant portion of cost
  • Reimbursement for Lyft, Uber or other ride service if you are too tired to drive home

Terms & Conditions

UC San Diego Health Terms and Conditions of Appointment 2019-2020 (PDF)