Residents are compensated by the County of Los Angeles and by the University of Southern California. Salaries are identical and individual benefits vary slightly based on employer. For details, please visit LA County Benefits and USC Benefits.
Salaries compare favorably to other programs in Los Angeles. The SEIU-CIR (Committee of Interns and Residents) is active in bargaining for our competitive salaries. The CIR recently negotiated a new contract that included historic gains including an increase of 14.5% for PGY-1 salaries, as well as an additional $6,000 in the annual housing stipend.
Physician Post-Graduate Salaries
(PGY-1 salary as of October 1st, 2023; PGY-2 through PGY-4 salaries as of October 1st, 2024)
** All PGY-1 residents receive a $500 welcome bonus. Additionally, all PGY-1 residents promoting to PGY-2 at LAC+USC Medical Center receive a $2,000 intern bonus at the end of their intern year.
Residents receive a $10,000 annual housing stipend (included as additional salary).
Professional Education Benefit
Residents are reimbursed up to $1,180 annually for education-related expenses such as licensing fees, board exams, books, electronics, supplies, etc. (https://www.cirseiu.org/los-angeles-county-usc-medical-center/).
Resident are also reimbursed up to $500 annually for conference costs and publishing, and $150 annually for poster printing.
Residents are provided free breakfast, lunch, and dinner totaling up to $28/day at hospital cafeterias.
Residents are provided free parking in a secure parking structure immediately adjacent to the hospitals.
White coats and scrubs are furnished and laundered by the hospital without charge.
As stated in the resident contract, Los Angeles County is self-insured and provides liability coverage while working in a County facility. This coverage during the period of employment continues even after leaving County Service (“tail coverage”). Similar coverage is provided during resident rotations to affiliating institutions that are designated as part of the resident training program.
As per the ACGME Institutional Requirements:
“Interviewees or prospective interviewees can be referred to http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dhs/lacusc/gme/ to read through copies of LAC+USC Appointment Offer (aka contract), Resident Physician Conditions of Appointment Agreement (benefits), Salary Scale, and Visa Information, etc.“
From the Home page, click on “Graduate Medical Education” and then click on “Applicant Information” to access the above documents.