The following salary and benefits are set out in the collective bargaining agreement negotiated between the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU and Cambridge Health Alliance.


Effective July 2016 July 2017  July 2018
PGY 1  $58,445.67 $59,030.13  $59,620.43 
PGY 2 $60,793.92 $61,401.86  $62,015.88 
PGY 3 $63,159.34 $63,790.93 $64,428.84 
PGY 4 $67,381.14  $68,054.95  $68,735.50 
PGY 5 $71,009.06 $71,719.15  $72,436.34 
PGY 6 $75,952.00  $76,711.52  $77,478.64 
PGY 7 $79,302.17  $80,095.19  $80,896.14 

Orientation Pay: All incoming House Officers required to attend Orientation prior to July 1 of each year shall be compensated at the appropriate PGY level, as set out in Section 1 of this article.

Professional Education Stipend (non-taxable)

House Officers are paid $1,900 annually, dental House Officers are paid $2,050 annually, and fellows are paid $2,200 annually.

This stipend may be used to defray the costs of conferences, textbooks, journals, board fees, necessary computer hardware, or other such items as approved by the appropriate Program Director.

Podiatry Professional Education Stipend

Effective July 1, 2014, for the incoming 1st year Podiatry House Officers and continuing for future House Officers, the non-taxable reimbursable professional education stipend will be allocated as follows:

  • PGY 1: $800
  • PGY 2: $2,450
  • PGY 3: $2,450

House Officers who began training prior to July 1, 2014 are not impacted by this change and will continue to receive $1,900 annually.

Podiatry House Officers will receive reimbursement up to $3,000 per year for two House Officers only (a maximum payout of $6,000 per year for the Commission) for the cost of tuition, travel, lodging, and meals to attend the Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy Surgical Skills Course.

Dental Insurance

Fully employer paid dental insurance covering 100% of the cost of most basic services. Spouses, children and domestic partners are all eligible to receive coverage at no cost to the house officer.

Optical Benefit

Fully employer paid optical benefit, covering the full cost of one yearly eye exam, and prescription glasses or contacts. Spouses, children and domestic partners are all eligible to receive coverage at no cost to the house officer.

Disability Insurance

Fully employer paid short and long term disability coverage.

Exam Reimbursement

$1,000/year reimbursement for cost of USMLE Step III, NBPME Part III, or COMLEX Level 3 exam; up to $550 one-time reimbursement to Dental residents for Federal DEA registration.

Emergency Coverage Pay

For Medicine, $250/weeknight, $350/weekend day, $450 weekend/holiday overnight. For Family Medicine, $100/call to cover home call at CHA Whidden Hospital. If required to come into hospital, Medicine rates apply. For Podiatry, $50/hour if called to serve as 1st assist in OR for non-foot/ankle surgery.

Taxi Vouchers

Taxi vouchers are provided to all House Officers who are required for any training or service purpose to travel between the hospital and the required offsite location. Vouchers are also available to House Officers who park at CHA, but are too fatigued to drive home safely after prolonged or off-hours shifts.

Boston Sports Club Benefit

All CIR members are eligible to receive discounted membership to the Boston Sports Clubs. Members will receive a 40% reduction in both monthly and joining fees.

On Call Meals

House Officers are provided with a refrigerator stocked with food of their choice in the on-call room of CHA Cambridge Hospital for on-call dinners and breakfasts.

Patient Care Fund

CHA Provides CIR with $45,000 per year for the CIR Patient Care Fund. This fund, run by a committee of House Officers, provides grants for items and services that will improve patient care but are not funded in the standard hospital budget.

CIR Membership Dues

All CHA interns, residents and fellows are represented by the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) and are covered by the CIR union contract and negotiated benefits outlined above. Members of CIR pay dues in the amount of 1.5% of their gross salary. These dues are determined annually by the full CIR membership and thus may increase or decrease. House officers who choose not to be members are required by state law to contribute an “agency fee” (also deducted weekly), which is calculated based on the cost of negotiating and enforcing their contract. These dues are tax deductible.

For more information on CIR and a copy of the complete CIR CHA House Officer Contract.