Salary & Benefits

Kaiser Permanente provides its residents and fellows with a compensation program that is highly competitive in today’s market. We approach salary and benefits as a total compensation package: wage programs, pay practices, paid time off, educational leave, and ancillary benefits such as child and elder care, are all part of a compensation structure that sustains a comfortable quality of life for our residents and fellows.

For a full description of our resident benefits, download brochure.


Select desired link below, under 2024-2025 Academic Year Salary Structure.

Healthcare Benefits

  • Medical
  • Major Medical
  • Outside Mental Health
  • Dental

When Do Benefits Start?

BenefitWhen it begins
Dental CoverageFirst day following 3 months of employment
DisabilityHire date
Life and Accident InsuranceHire date
Medical CoverageFirst of the month after your hire date, or on your hire date if you start work on the first of the month
Pension Plan1 year of employment with 1,000 hours
Sick LeaveHire date
Supplemental Savings and Retirement Plan2 years of employment
Survivor AssistanceHire date
Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan or Tax Savings Retirement PlanHire date
VacationHire date


Each year you receive three weeks of paid vacation and one week of paid educational time per program approval.


There are seven paid holidays per year. Holidays include: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Housing Stipend

ACGME residents or fellows are eligible for a Housing Stipend.  The full-year amount varies by medical center. Please see below for details.

Medical Center Full Year Amount 
Los Angeles$10,000
Orange County$8,000
San Bernardino County$6,000
San Diego$8,000
Woodland Hills$8,000

Educational Expenses

As a Kaiser Permanente resident or fellow you are eligible for reimbursement for the following educational and license fees incurred while completing your training with us.

  • USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX Step 3 Exam
  • California Postgraduate Training License
  • California Medical License & Renewal(starting in PGY-4)
  • DEA Certificate (starting in PGY-2)
  • One ABMS Board examination, actual cost, up to $2000
  • Academic Society Membership (2)
  • Approved Educational Materials, reimbursed up to $500/year
  • Approved travel expenses to present your own Scholarly Activity, reimbursed up to twice per year

Professional Expenses

  • Specialty-required professional equipment, per policy
  • ACLS, PALS, NRP as required by specialty
  • BLS for Health Care
  • Lab Coats
  • Parking

Sick Leave and Disability

Sick leave is provided. Short-term disability insurance is avail­able for a nominal charge through payroll deduction. A parental leave policy has been established.

Parental Leave

In accordance with ACGME Institutional Requirements IV.H.1., residents/fellows are eligible for up to six weeks of approved medical, parental, and caregiver leave(s) of absence for qualifying reasons consistent with applicable laws once and at any time after their start date.

Further, residents/fellows are eligible for an additional one week of paid time off reserved for use outside of the first six weeks of the approved medical, parental, or caregiver leave(s) of absence.

Malpractice Coverage

Medical malpractice insurance is provided to you within our medical center by the Southern California Permanente Medical Group.

Meal Allowance

A meal allowance is provided.

Sleeping Rooms

Private rooms are provided when you are on call.

Additional Income

With the approval of the Program Director, licensed residents and fellows may be able to earn additional income through moonlighting opportunities. If approved to work and participate, the number of hours worked as a per diem physician counts as hours worked (Please refer to the Policies and Procedures or Speak with your Program Director and RPA).

2024-2025 Academic Year Salary Structure

2024-2025 Benefit Package At-a-Glance

  • Residency Programs

    PGY1 – PGY4

    USMLE Step 3$895CML if joining a training program$808
    COMLEX Level 3$890CML if already in/continuing in the same training program$416.50
    Postgraduate Training License (PTL) Application$491DEA$880Educational Materials$500 Educational Materials$500
    Educational Materials$500Educational Materials$500

    PGY5 – PGY6

    Educational Materials$500Educational Materials$500
  • Fellowship Programs

    PGY-4PGY-5PGY-6PGY-7 & 8
    Educational Materials$500Educational Materials$500Educational Materials$500Educational Materials$500