Salary and benefits are the same as those for residents at the University of Washington in Seattle. Boise and Seattle-based UW residents are represented by the same union and collective bargaining agreement and receive the same contracts and benefits.

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University of Washington Housestaff Association Contract

UW GME Resident and Fellow Resources

University of Washington Housestaff Association (UWHA)


Salary levels are established annually by the University of Washington President and Board of Regents.  The 2024-2025 stipends for all residents in University of Washington residency programs are:

  • R1        $76,032
  • R2        $78,660
  • R3        $81,552
  • R4        $84,672
  • R5        $87,960

*each training year salary will increase by 2% each year of the current bargaining contract
**see official contract for training years beyond R5


Residents receive 4 weeks of vacation (28 days of paid vacation per year, 20 business days and 8 weekend days) per academic year. Vacation time does not roll over year-to-year. Residents also receive one paid personal holiday per calendar year, to be used at their discretion in accordance with program leave policies. They may also use two unpaid days of vacation leave. Vacation time is pro-rated if a resident works less than full time.  Vacation time need not be taken all at once, and expires at the end of each training year.

Sick Leave

Residents are given 17 days of paid sick leave per 12 months, 12 business days and 5 weekend days. Sick leave accumulates across years while in a UWSOM residency or fellowship, but is not compensable at the end of your program.

Leave of Absence

Residents may take leaves of absence in accordance with Graduate Medical Education policies and psychiatry program specific requirements. Bereavement leave is also offered up to 3 days, with an additional 2 days of leave possible if significant travel is necessary.

Education Leave and Education Funds

Residents are given 10 days of education leave per year for attending educational events which must be approved by the residency director.  Residents are paid an education allowance, which may be used to purchase textbooks and other educational materials, or to offset the cost of conferences.  This may be payable at the beginning of the year (taxed) or reimbursed as you submit receipts (if kept in reimbursement system, ability to roll over up to $1500). If paid at the beginning of the year and taxed, you will receive $500 annually. Contact your program coordinator with questions. Chief residents receive an additional $500 of education funds as well as a chief stipend of $225 each month. Required licenses and certification exams are paid by the program.

Medical and Dental

Residents may choose from offered medical insurance plans and share the premiums with the university.  Residents may choose from dental insurance plans for which the university pays the entire premium, depending on plan.

Please also see the resident contract to learn more about specifics about parental leave and accommodations for pregnant residents.

Other Insurance

Residents are provided $25,000 of term life insurance.  They may also enroll in optional additional life, accidental death and dismemberment, and disability insurance that the resident may purchase.

Retirement Plans

The UW Retirement Plan is a fully portable, tax-deferred, defined contribution plan.  Employee contribution is based on age and is matched 100% by the university.  You may enroll at the date of appointment, but will be automatically enrolled two years from the date of appointment.  Additional tax-deferred retirement savings can be deducted through the Voluntary Investment Program, a 403(b) program.  VIP contributions are not matched.

Other Benefits

Include flexible spending accounts, library services, on-line services, and more.  For more information about benefits for UW residents, please see Benefits Summary for Residents & Fellows or the UW Benefits & Work/Life page.