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Salary (2023-2024)
Residents are paid on a PGY pay scale with an increase in salary during each year of their training.

  • PGY-1  = $65,665/year

  • PGY-2 = $67,870/year

  • PGY-3 = $70,318/year

  • PGY-4 = $74,421/year

Starting in 2024, incoming PGY-1 residents will receive a $1,000 relocation bonus.


Residents are also eligible for a bonus of up to $1,000 per year through participation in the GME Quality and Safety Incentive Program, by attending quality/safety case review meetings individually and meeting residency program-specific safety metrics.

Bilingual residents who pass a language certification exam receive a $300 one-time incentive bonus.

Salary (2024-2025)
  • PGY-1  = $73,296/year

  • PGY-2 = $76,446/year

  • PGY-3 = $80,793/year

  • PGY-4 = $87,002/year

Resident Benefits

Memberships to EMRA and ACEP are provided courtesy of Colorado ACEP to all residents for the length of their residency.


Residents who have posters accepted to a conference are eligible for up to a $1250 reimbursement for travel and conference fees for each conference. Posters can be presented at multiple conferences.


Residents who are on state or national committees are eligible for up to $500 for travel to committee meetings.

Senior residents are eligible for up to a $1500 travel reimbursement to the conference of their choosing. In addition, our Chief residents are eligible for up to $1500 to attend the Chief Resident Forum at the conference where it occurs that year.

Vacation and Wellness Days
  • All residents receive three weeks of paid vacation every year.

  • Interns have a week off at the end of their PGY1 year that is unpaid. Benefits are still received during this time. This "intern week" is from 6/23-6/30. PGY2 year commences on 7/1.

  • PGY2-4 are given 36 hours off with their class each year.

Educational Stipend

Each year PGY1-3 residents are given $300 to be used on educational materials. Interns must choose either Harwood‑Nuss' Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine or Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. If the intern already owns one of these, they can choose another educational product. Second and third years can choose their own materials, which can be toward books, podcast subscriptions, medical equipment, electronics, USMLE exam fees, question banks, etc.

All residents receive a subscription to Rosh Review for the length of their training.


All residents are given embroidered scrubs and white coats each year.

Resident Appreciation and Meals
  • For resident appreciation week every year, each resident is given a personalized gift. In the past these have been jackets, coats, vests, or bags.

  • At the beginning of each year, we hold a half-day retreat either in the mountains or at a park in the city with games and a family BBQ. It’s a great chance for everyone to get to know the new interns, including the outgoing seniors.

  • Breakfast is provided at each Wednesday morning conference.

  • Residents are provided with meal cards that can be used at the Denver Health cafeteria and in-hospital Starbucks, as well as gift cards for Subway, which is open 24/7 in the hospital.

  • For ED shifts at Saint Joe's Hospital, residents are provided free lunch in the physician lounge, as well as a meal voucher for the cafeteria for dinner.



Residents can start external moonlighting in their 4th year and internal moonlighting in their 3rd year, if they are in good standing.

  • Residents receive free employee parking at all 4 hospital sites (Denver Health, University, Children's, St. Joseph's)

  • As Denver Health employees, residents receive a free EcoPass, which is valid for unlimited rides on all RTD Denver busses and light rail services, including the light rail line to the airport. 

Gym Memberships

  • Residents receive a free membership to the employee gym at Denver Health. 

  • As Denver Health employees, residents are eligible for a discounted Denver Parks and Recreation membership, with access to 30 recreation centers, 16 outdoor pools, and countless fitness classes and drop-in activities for $150/year ($200 off a regular annual membership).

Other Benefits

  • As Denver Health employees, residents are provided with life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance plans at no cost, with additional buy-up options.

  • Additional voluntary benefits, such as pet insurance and legal insurance, are available at a discount (see the benefits guide for more information).

Health Insurance

Denver Health offers three health insurance plans with different levels of coverage and treatment options. Additional supplemental dental and vision insurance is available for purchase at low cost.

For a single person on the 2024 Denver Medical Care HMO (base level) the premiums are $46.74 per biweekly pay period. For an employee, their spouse, and children, the same plan is $137.85 per pay period. Please see the enrollment guide below for more information.

Retirement Plan

Denver Health employees do not pay into Social Security. Instead, employees are required to contribute 6.2% of their eligible pay into a 401(a) investment account through Fidelity Investments, with Denver Health contributing an additional amount consisting of 6% of their eligible pay. Employees are also able to contribute up to $22,500 into a 457(b) account, with Denver Health matching these voluntary contributions up to 3.5% of your annual pay.

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