Salary and Benefits

Please note: The UCSF Graduate Medical Education website has a tremendous amount of useful information in addition to what's listed below.


The salary scale for UCSF residents effective July 1, 2021, is:

  • Resident I: $77,969 per year ($64,362 salary + $13,607 housing stipend)
  • Resident II: $80,102 per year ($66,495 salary + $13,607 housing stipend)
  • Resident III: $82,714 per year ($69,107 salary + $13,607 housing stipend)
  • Resident IV: $85,442 per year ($71,835 salary + $13,607 housing stipend)

Housing allowance

All residents receive a housing allowance of $1,133.92 per month to off-set housing costs.


All residents receive full benefits, including health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for themselves and their dependents, life insurance, AD&D, and long-term disability insurance.

Educational expenses

While at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center during the first year, residents are eligible for up to $600 in reimbursement for educational expenses, such as books.


Residents are entitled to 20 days per academic year of vacation leave and also have up to 12 days per academic year of sick leave for personal illness or disability. [Service requirements limit the amount of vacation leave that can be taken at one time.]

In addition, first- and second-year residents can have up to three days per academic year of educational leave if they are presenting a poster, a workshop or a talk at a professional meeting, or are members of an official committee of a professional organization. Third- and fourth-year residents can have up to five days of educational leave to attend a professional meeting and do not need to be presenting or on an official committee.


UCSF is obligated by the California Tort Claims Act to defend house staff against any liability or malpractice claim arising out of the house staff members’ act or omissions within the scope of university duties. Professional liability insurance coverage is maintained to meet such obligations.


All residents automatically contribute to the university retirement program, the Defined Contribution Plan. Upon graduation, residents may receive a lump sum cash out of their retirement savings, unless they take an academic position with the University of California system.

Blumberg Loan

The Graduate Medical Education office maintains a small loan program for residents. The Blumberg Loan allows residents to take up to a $3,600 loan that is payable over 12 months. Visit the GME website for more information.


UCSF and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences are firmly committed to supporting the physical and emotional well-being of its residents. The UCSF Graduate Medical Education office offers a wealth of mental health and well-being resources for residents across UCSF, including options for accessing primary care and mental health care covered by insurance, and detailed pathways for reporting concerns. In addition, the GME office hosts monthly grand rounds on topics ranging from managing anger and stress to preventing substance abuse during residency. Finally, UCSF has a Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) which exists to provide support to employees, including house staff.

In the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, all residents participate in an annual 1½-day off-site retreat organized by Resident Association (RA) officers and funded by a combination of departmental support and RA dues. Chief residents and our resident “Well-being Champion” are always available for residents to discuss their concerns in a confidential environment. Although being in psychotherapy is not required, the program welcomes residents choosing to be in therapy.

Lastly, all interns participate in a bimonthly 60-minute “Process Group” led by members of our clinical faculty who are experts in group process. After the first year of residency, ongoing participation in the group is optional, but most residents choose to continue. Each class has its own group with the same leader over the four years of training. A key learning goal for the group is to better understand group dynamics, though it also serves as a source of support for residents.