General Surgery Residency: Salary & Benefits
The following is only a summary of benefits available to House Staff. Benefit information will be covered in-depth during orientation sessions.
Salary is commensurate with other residency programs in the state. Please contact us for more information. In addition to the annual increase in salary as residents progress to the next year level, the house staff may participate in a cost-of-living increase as approved.
As of January 2016, the annual salaries are listed below:
PGY I - $56,014.40
PGY II - $57,137.60
PGY III - $58,219.20
PGY IV- $59,592.00
PGY V- $62,504.00
Health Coverage - There are various "levels" of medical insurance plans. Family coverage is available, if desired, at a reasonable cost. Conversely, single coverage for the resident only is available for a minimal cost. Our plan is part of a preferred provider's organization designed to provide quality health care.
Dental Coverage - A choice of dental plans are available to eligible employees. Plans provide 100% coverage for preventive services, at the lowest level, which includes bi-annual visits. For more comprehensive coverage, fillings, extractions, and orthodontics, a slightly higher premium is required.
Vision - Two (2) vision plan options are available, provided you enroll.
Life Insurance - Free basic life insurance equivalent to annual salary (dependent coverage available for additional cost). From the time of hire full-time employees receive free life insurance coverage equivalent to their annual salary and, for a modest fee, this may be doubled. In addition, employees may purchase $5,000, 10,000, 15,000 and 20,000 in life insurance coverage for children, and $5,000 increments up to $100,000 for spouses.
Short-Term Disability Insurance - Full-time associates can purchase short-term disability, providing partial salary replacement in cases of non-work related disabilities. We share the cost of this plan.
Long Term Disability Insurance - Full-time associates may obtain long-term disability insurance that offers partial salary replacement in situations of extended disability leaves exceeding 180 days. We share the cost of coverage. Please reference the Summary Plan Document for more information.
Travel Insurance - Employees are covered with an additional $50,000 of life insurance when traveling on hospital business.
Social Security - Retirement, medical insurance, and disability insurance benefits are provided by the federal government Social Security Program.
Vacation & Time Off
Vacations -Three weeks vacation annually. All residents will receive fifteen (15) working days per residency year. Days not taken during any residency year will be paid at the end of the year.
Six Holidays (New Years, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). If the schedule requires working on an official designated holiday, another day may be substituted and should be taken within 30 days of the holiday worked, if possible.
Five Days Sick Leave Annually - All residents will receive up to five (5) working days per residency year.
Administrative Days per Director - Administrative leave involves interviewing and/or visiting prospective residency/practice sites or miscellaneous administrative leave. Each request will be approved on a case by case basis by the Residency Program Director.
Jury Pay - Employees who are summoned for jury duty may accept jury pay (a fixed amount per day as established by local, state, or federal courts) when they have jury duty.
Worker's Compensation - This is a no-fault protection for on-the-job accidents and job-related illnesses equaling two-thirds of pay up to the maximum allowed by state laws when the employee is disabled for more than seven calendar days.
Maternity - Maternity leave is permitted for whatever period of time is deemed appropriate, or necessary by the resident and her personal physician. You must use sick leave and vacation days. Additional time off may be approved as at home research elective that meets curriculum requirements. Absence limits must be followed to prevent extending your residency beyond the normal 5-year training period. We will work with you to make sure that the educational requirements and the health needs of mother and baby are met.
Paternity - Paternity leave is permitted for five (5) working days (must use vacation time) at the time of delivery, or within 6 weeks. If additional time is needed or desired, additional vacation days can be requested. Special circumstances will be reviewed on an individual basis with the Residency Program Director.
Emergency/Death in Family - As approved by Director (vacation/sick time to be used). The Attending and the Residency Program Director will authorize death in Family/Emergency Absence(s). Absence(s) may be granted due to death, illness, or other serious problems in the family.
Military Leave - Unpaid, in accordance with state and federal law, for the term of service may be granted to a resident who is in a reserve unit who is called to active duty. A copy of military orders must be given to the Program Director. Residents on military leave will return from active service at the same point in rotation, in so far as possible. Necessary adjustments will be implemented to accomplish this goal. We will work with our residents that are called up to serve our country in any way possible.
Educational Leave - See Departmental Policy & Procedure Manual.
Conference Leave - Funds available for conference leave, book, and license fees:
PGY-1: 3 days conference leave; $500 book money
PGY-2: 5 days conference leave; $1,500 book money
PGY-3: 5 days conference leave; $2,000 book money
PGY-4: 5 days conference leave; $2,000 book money
PGY-5: 5 days conference leave; $2,000 book money
Meals provided for resident - Meals are provided to House Staff at no charge in the hospital cafeteria & Tower Cafe' while on duty. There is food available 24 hours a day for our working residents. The Physician Lounge is available to residents weekdays 7p-7a, and weekends 24/7.
Professional Liability Coverage - Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System provides professional liability (malpractice) coverage for residents for educational training. The institution's policy is written to comply with the South Carolina Tort Claims Act.
Club Privileges - Residents may use the Carolina Country Club to play golf for a $25 green fee. Spartanburg Athletic Club offers free membership for residents and their immediate families (spouse and children). Facilities at the Spartanburg Athletic Club include indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, weight rooms, racquetball courts, exercise programs, and free baby-sitting. Your wellness is important to us!
Transition (Moving) Allowance - $2,000 per resident
Free parking - There is free parking near the hospital in the Physician's parking area as well as the covered parking garage of Spartanburg Regional with covered access to the Medical Center's main entrance.
- South Carolina Medical License fee paid
- South Carolina Controlled Substance License paid
- Federal DEA Number License paid
- South Carolina Permanent License paid, as needed
Two Lab Coats (laundry service provided) - An initial supply of two (2) lab coats is provided to PGY-1 residents; plus, one (1) additional lab coat for each year following the first year.
Child Development Center - The Child Development Center (CDC), who has been recognized by the U.S. Congress, offers a full range of developmental programs for children from age's 3 months to 12 years. Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is one of a few employers in South Carolina that offers on-site childcare for employees. A current fee schedule can be obtained by contacting the CDC at 864-560-6160.
Direct Payroll Deposit (Surepay) - All employee paychecks are automatically deposited in their bank of choice.
Payroll Deductions - For convenience, the cost of many benefits, such as insurance, childcare, prescriptions, credit union and others, can be automatically deducted from your payroll earnings.
Employee Health Services - Employees receive immediate evaluation and treatment of illnesses and accidents while on duty.
Health and Wellness Programs - Programs relating to stress management, exercise, nutrition, smoking cessation and general health are offered. Costs range from free to a small fee.
Immunizations - Flu shots are available annually for employees as well as vaccines against tetanus, pneumonia, and hepatitis B.
Physical Examinations - Employees receive a free health evaluation at the time they are hired and annually, thereafter.
Prescription Service - For the convenience of the employee, prescriptions can be filled at the Employee Pharmacy in the Physician Office Building.
Retirement - The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is a member of the South Carolina Retirement System; 401K and 457B retirement options are also available.
Tax Savings Plan - Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System offers several tax savings plans for employees. Medical and dental insurance premiums are taken as a pretax deduction. Also, dependent care and medical spending accounts are offered. This provides a pretax deduction to pay for child and other dependent care and medical services not paid for by the insurance such as deductibles.
Safe Environment - The Safety and Security staff utilizes the most modem methods and equipment to ensure personal safety and property protection.