The residents of Harbor-UCLA are supported by our strong union CIR (Committee for Interns and Residents) This union represents the interest of residents and fellows throughout the year and advocates in contract negotiations with Los Angeles County. CIR has fought for the incredible housestaff benefits below and functions to improve patient care, housestaff well-being, and workplace safety. CIR works to raise the standard across the country for medical training and actively advocates for health justice for all.


Briefly, the salary starts at roughly $70,000 with a significant increase per PGY year. We are paid bi-weekly.

Link to our recently renegotiated contract (2022)

PGY LevelYearly Salary after 10/1/2022Yearly Salary after 10/1/2023 Yearly Salary after 10/1/2024

Additional financial benefits

  • Housing stipend:
    • A $10,000 per year housing allowance has been recently negotiated to offset the cost of housing in Los Angeles.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • Bilingual residents may also receive an additional $1,200 per year ($100/month) as a bonus.
  • Intern Advancement Bonus:
    • One time educational bonus of $2,000 at the start of the second year of training (paid on August 15th payday).
  • CIR Professional Education Bonus:
    • A CIR provided professional educational bonus of $1,400 per year is available. This money also rolls over to the following year. Below are examples of what this bonus can be used to purchase.
  • One-time relocation/”welcome” bonus $500 for new hires.
  • Employer-matched 401(k)/Pension:Employer-matched 401(k):
    • A percentage of your salary can be contributed to a retirement plan with 100% employer matching.
  • Access to $990,000 annually for patient care fund items for Harbor-UCLA.
  • Access to $300,000 in funding and biostatistician support of QI projects.
  • Chief resident bonus ($3,900)


  • Unused sick days:
    • Sick days that are not taken may be partially converted into additional pay.
  • Meals:
    • 3 free meals a day at Harbor-UCLA, and $27 a day for meals on outside rotations.
  • Mental health:
    • Free 24/7 counselors through WorkLifeMatters.
  • Insurance options:
    • A stipend is provided to purchase various types of insurance (e.g., health, dental, disability, life, vision).
    • Access to health savings accounts.
    • $500 reimbursement for LA GAP / COBRA coverage.
  • Call rooms:
    • Call rooms are available 24/7 for ED residents to sleep in.
  • Scrubs and white coats:
    • Scrubs and white coats are provided to residents, and can be exchanged/laundered at no cost.
  • Rides home:
    • Ride-Share Reimbursement: Too tired to drive home? Call rooms are available as noted above and reimbursement is provided for any ride share service, provided by CIR and the Department of Emergency Medicine.


  • Language learning:
    • Access to Rosetta Stone for free through CIR Annual American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Scientific Assembly.
  • Conferences:
    • Sponsored attendance to ACEP for all fourth year residents.
    • Funding for residents who are presenting or are receiving a reward at a coference.
  • Subscriptions:
    • Paid membership by the residency to ACEP/EMRA that includes EMRAP, EB Medicine, access to awards/scholarships and so much more.
  • Board preparation:
    • Rosh Review covered by the residency program for your PGY4 year.
    • EM Coach is provided to all residents.