Salaries & Benefits

Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine offers a variety of comprehensive benefits to eligible trainees and their families.

The following information is intended to be a brief summary of these benefits. All trainees should seek information from the Office of Graduate Medical Education regarding eligibility costs and benefit plan options.


Salary levels are for the 2024–25 academic year.


Benefits Overview

  • Monthly medical, dental and vision premiums range from $204 – $24 per month
  • Opportunity to participate in tax-free medical savings accounts (HSA, FSA)
  • Basic life insurance at no cost
  • Basic long term disability insurance at no cost
  • Participation with immediate and fulling vested in WSUSP Retirement Plan with 100% matching of employee contribution ranging from 5% to 10% based on age
  • WSU is a qualifying employer for individuals participating in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)

Medical Insurance

WSU employees have up to ten medical plans to choose from available through:

All plans offer comprehensive coverage throughout the northwest, while some plans also have comprehensive coverage nation and worldwide. More information can be found below or in the plan Certificates of Coverage.

Dental Insurance

WSU employees have three dental plans to choose from:

  • Uniform Dental
  • DeltaCare
  • Willamette Dental

WSU pays the full premium for employees and enrolled dependents. 

Vision Insurance

Vision coverage is included with all medical plans.

Retirement Information

Learn about your retirement plan options, resources, and news.

Additional Benefits

  • Education Funds
  • Meals
  • DEA registration is free as a state employee ($888 value)
  • Professional Liability insurance is provided to Trainees at no cost while part of the residency program.
  • Step 3 reimbursement
  • Free parking at hospitals and clinical sites
  • WSU pays the application cost associated with the Washington limited medical license application ($491 value)
  • Board review resources
  • Wellness resources and activities

Vacation and Leave Benefits

Each academic year, Trainees will be provided 20 days for Paid Time Away (PTA), Monday-Friday, to be used for coverage of vacation. In addition, residents receive an additional 7 PTA days to be used for unplanned absences including sick time. PTA cannot be “carried over” from one year to the next. Each program will inform its trainees of the specialty board regulation on leave and Board eligibility. All PTA requests must be approved by the program director prior to usage. Additional PTA available for approved medical, parental, or caregiver leave.

Professional and Education Leave

Programs will define and allocate professional and educational leave per year, in addition to PTA. Professional and educational leave may not be “carried over” from one year to the next.