About UW Pediatric Residency

Salary and Benefits

Salary for residents in each year of training are approved annually by the Washington State Legislature.


R1 $58,224 $2,250 $60,474
R2 $60,492 $2,250 $62,742
R3 $62,976 $2,250 $65,226

Washington does not have a state income tax.

** This additional compensation consists of home call stipend, travel allowance and professional development fund.
*** Residents are also reimbursed for Washington state medical license fees, USMLE Step III fees and any other required certifications not provided by the residency program (e.g., PALS).

Medical, Dental and Life Insurance

Major medical, dental, basic life, accident and long-term disability insurance plans are provided to all house staff and their dependents through the University of Washington. Optional supplemental life insurance and a flexible spending account for medical expenses are available. (See benefits summary PDFs.)

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.

Vacation and Sick Leave

All full-time residents receive three weeks of paid vacation per year.

Residents will receive seventeen (17) days of paid sick and health maintenance leave at the start of each one (1) year appointment period that will be broken down as twelve (12) business days and five (5) weekend days.

Golden Weekends

On weekends and holidays, if a resident is not on call or is post-call, there are no clinical responsibilities at the hospital. Post-call residents leave the hospital between 9 a.m. to noon on post-call weekend days.


Free meals are provided at the Seattle Children’s, UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center cafeterias based on trainee schedules. In addition, lunch is provided during all resident noon conferences. (No meals are sponsored by pharmaceutical representatives.)

Parking and Transportation

Parking is free to all residents and fellows at Seattle Children's Hospital. Parking at UW Medical Center is available at a reduced rate through residents’ Husky Card accounts. Seattle Children’s and UW shuttle networks provide direct connections between training sites and transit hubs.

Seattle Children’s award-winning Commuter Services department offers pediatric residents a wide range of transportation benefits including a transit pass, a subsidized on-site bike shop, and personal commute planning services. The ORCA transit pass allows for unlimited individual use on bus, light rail and other transit services throughout the region for a nominal annual fee. An on-site bike shop provides two free tune-ups per year as well as other services and discounts. Bike trails and residential streets make commuting by foot or bike safe and convenient from nearby neighborhoods.


A paid, seven-day orientation begins June 14, 2017, to prepare new residents for training at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. Training and clinical work for first-year residents then commences on June 26, 2017, and ends June 25, 2018.

NRP and PALS Training

All Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification and recertification courses are provided free of charge.

Professional Liability Insurance

The University of Washington provides professional liability insurance coverage for residents with unlimited coverage for professional activities conducted in properly accredited settings.

Libraries and Information Services

The Health Sciences Libraries at University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children's Library provide a wide array of onsite and online resources, including access to journals and textbooks, RedBook Online, Harriet Lane, UpToDate, ClinicalKey, VisualDx, BoardVitals and other tools, many of them available on mobile devices.

Pediatric residents have access to technology resources from both UW IT Connect and Seattle Children’s Information Technology. These include robust email and calendar tools, secure remote network access, file storage, free and low-cost software, online technology courses, use of audio/video equipment and extensive Wi-Fi networks.


Membership in the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) is paid for each year of training, with complimentary subscriptions to Pediatrics, Pediatrics in Review, PREP The Curriculum and other publications. Residents also enjoy tuition exemption at UW; access to UW and Seattle Children’s childcare centers; enrollment priority at off-site childcare centers; and a variety of perks and discounts available to UW employees and to staff at Seattle Children’s.