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.

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See table below.

Healthcare Benefits

  • Medical
  • Major Medical
  • Outside Mental Health
  • Dental


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


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

Housing Stipend

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

Educational Expenses

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

  • USMLE/COMLEX Step 3 Exam
  • California Medical License & Renewal
  • California Postgraduate Training License
  • DEA Certificate (starting in PGY-2)

Each year you are also eligible to receive a $500 reimbursable allowance for educational materials. Your Program Director will discuss how to qualify for reimbursement. In the final year of training, an additional week of leave and $1,000 professional conference allowance may be available.

Professional Expenses

  • ACLS, PALS, NRP as required
  • 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.

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.

2020-2021 Salary Structure

*effective January 27, 2020

$59,522 $61,495 $64,466 $67,256 $71,970 $76,846


2020-2021 Benefit Package At-a-Glance

Salary $59,522 Salary $61,495 Salary $64,466 Salary $67,256

USMLE Step 3

COMLEX Level 3



CML if joining a training program

CML if already in/continuing in the same training program





Postgraduate Training License (PTL) Application $491 DEA $731 Educational Materials $500  Educational Materials $500
Educational Materials $500 Educational Materials $500 Professional Conference $1,000


Housing Stipend

Medical Center  Full Year Amount (received in biweekly pay)
Los Angeles $10,000
Orange County $8,000
Riverside $6,000
San Bernardino County $6,000
San Diego $8,000
Woodland Hills $8,000

   *Based on the locality-specific cost-of-rental data, the annualized amounts per medical center