Resident Benefits and Salary 2017-09-08T10:33:37+00:00

Resident Benefits and Salary

General work benefits are provided by the County of Los Angeles and are negotiated for residents by the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is available for review at

Salaries compare favorably with those of other resident positions in the community. Annual salaries (as of April 2018) are as follows:

GY-1 $4,419.31 $53,031.72
GY-2 $4,800.16 $57,601.92
GY-3 $5,201.04 $62,412.48
GY-4 $5,604.70 $67,256.40
GY-5 $5,997.49 $71,969.88


As negotiated through the CIR, LAC+USC resident are entitled to 24 days paid vacation excluding weekend and holidays each year. The department allows residents to take up to four weeks of paid vacation per year.*

Sick, Family and Medical Leave

Sick Leave is accrued to a maximum of eight days per year. Three of these eight days may be used for personal days with permission of the program director. In compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, residents may take up to 12 weeks leave of absence without pay.*


Residents are provided three meals per day without charge while on duty at LAC+USC. The County will reimburse residents, not to exceed $25.00 per day, for resident physicians on rotations outside of Los Angeles County facilities if meals are not provided by the host hospital.

Call rooms

Each service at the medical center provides call rooms for interns and residents. The call rooms include amenities such as beds, telephones, computers, printers and bathroom.


White coats and scrubs are furnished and laundered by the hospital without charge.

Malpractice Insurance

Malpractice insurance is provided without charge for all resident physicians during training. This coverage also includes legal defense and protection against awards from claims reported or filed after the completion of graduate medical education if the alleged acts or omission of the house staff are within the scope of the educational program.

Medical / Dental / Life Insurance

Medical and dental insurance are provided without charge. A term life insurance policy is also provided without cost.


All residents are provided free parking in a parking lot adjacent to the hospital.

Educational Expenses

We believe it is in the best interest of the resident and our department to have as much resident involvement with research as possible. Therefore, we will financially support the travel costs associated with resident presentations at meetings up to $1,500 per year (restrictions apply). Additionally, we will also financially support the costs associated with professional expenses at the discretion of the resident up to $1,000 per year. Chief residents will receive an additional stipend to attend the AAO-HNS annual meeting.


The medical center no longer offers resident housing. However, current residents live all over the LA basin including Los Feliz/Silverlake/Echo Park (10-15 minutes away from LAC+USC); the Westside including Santa Monica, Venice (approximately 40 minutes away from the medical center); Pasadena (20 minutes away from the medical center); Alhambra (20 minutes away from the medical center); Downtown (3 miles away from the medical center) ; and the San Fernando Valley/Burbank (15-40 minutes away from the medical center).

Information about Surrounding Area

The website Discover Los Angeles provides information on the city and area surrounding the medical center:

* Please note: Per the American Board of Otolaryngology- Leaves of absence and vacation may be granted to residents at the discretion of the Program Director in accordance with local rules. The total of such leaves and vacation may not exceed six weeks in any one year.