Salary and Benefits

OHSU Benefits Summary

OHSU residents and fellows are provided various plans from which to choose for medical, dental, vision, prescription and life insurances, with optional coverage including disability, AD&D and family coverage.  OHSU pays for most of the costs of the monthly premium for employees and part of the costs of the monthly premium for spouses and children.

Residents and fellows will have default benefits on their first day physically working at OHSU – either the GME check-in appointment or program orientation.  The default benefit plan covers the individual resident/fellow only with the OHSU PPO, Moda Dental and $25,000 core life insurance.  Residents and fellows will have the option to make changes to their benefit plans and add family members at their GME check-in session.  Options include adding family members, changing medical, dental, and vision policies, adding accidental death and dismemberment coverage, increasing voluntary life insurance, and selecting short and long-term disability coverage.

Any changes make to benefits selections during the GME check-in appointment will take effect on that day.  If family members are added that day, they will be covered effective the check in date.

Detailed benefit information can be found at the following sites: OHSU employee benefits overview 

Liability Insurance

Professional liability insurance is provided to residents/fellows through OHSU and covers all duties and acts performed within the scope of the training program.

A resident/fellow appointed through Graduate Medical Education is indemnified and defended by the university through the provision of the Oregon Tort Claims Act (ORS 30.260 through 30.300) when acting in the scope and course of his/her employment by the university. The coverage is maintained in such a manner as to create no tail exposure for any resident/fellow after they have completed their training program. 

View more information about OHSU Risk Management

Transportation and Parking

Parking is limited on the university grounds. A space, however, is always assured for every resident/fellow who purchases parking. Parking is available at a reduced cost for residents/fellows and can be automatically deducted from paychecks before taxes are applied. Alternatively, TriMet passes for bus and light-rail services are provided at substantially reduced prices for residents/fellows.  Learn more about OHSU transportation and parking


The salary levels for residents/fellows for the 2022 - 2023 academic year are listed below.  The biweekly salary is dependent upon the level of postgraduate training the resident/fellow has completed within the United States.

Training level

PGY1                                    $66,205

PGY2                                    $69,369

PGY3                                    $72,646

PGY4                                    $76,261

PGY5                                    $80,328

Retirement plan

The House Officer Retirement Plan is a 457(b) plan paid by OHSU that includes an "Employer" account in which eligible interns and residents are given the opportunity to create an asset allocation portfolio offered by Fidelity Investments. If you have questions, you may contact the OHSU Retirement Team at 503 494-7483.

Public transportation

Bus passes and "MAX" light-rail services are provided at substantially reduced prices.

For more details about benefits, please visit Graduate Medical Education.

Additional benefits

  • The program will reimburse up to $950 for residents to purchase one pair of surgical loupes. 
  • The program will provide a personal radiation lead apron for each resident.
  • Residents are allotted an educational travel stipend per year that can be used to attend conferences they have been invited to participate. 
  • Residents are unionized through AFSCME. More information can be found at