The total compensation package is composed of salary and benefits. The salary component includes a contract increase (a yearly increase at each HO level) and a promotional increase (movement from one HO level to the next HO level). The benefits include the payment to encourage savings ("lump sum payment"), long- term disability insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, business travel accident insurance, professional liability insurance, legal plan, vision plan, and health insurance.


The salary schedule for house officers is based on an incremental increase as the house officer is promoted from year to year. A house officer will receive a promotional increase upon satisfactory completion of an academic training year as determined by the program. If a house officer's training year does not follow the standard academic year, the house officer will receive the contract increase at their current level until they receive their promotional increase upon completion of their academic training year (12 months). The salary schedule for each house officer is depicted in the table below. The payment to encourage savings ("lump sum payment") will continue as a benefit. It is paid in November of each year. (See Article IV, Section H for further details.)


Table 1

House Officer Salary Schedule for July 2017 through June 2020
HO LEVEL FY18 7/1/2017 FY19 7/1/2018 FY20 7/1/2019
HO I $55,753 $57,147 $58,576
HO II $58,821 $60,292 $61,799
HO III $61,735 $63,278 $64,860
HO IV $64,971 $66,595 $68,260
HO V $68,289 $69,996 $71,746
HO VI $71,755 $73,549 $75,388
HO VII $75,325 $77,208 $79,138
HO VIII $78,938 $80,911 $82,934


House Officers shall be paid a monthly salary in accordance with the salary schedule and subject to the following requirements and limitations:


Initial assignment of a House Officer to a salary level, as set forth in Table 1 (Paragraph 10), including assignments when a House Officer has changed from one residency program to another, shall be determined by the GME Office and his/her Program Director. In making this determination, factors considered will include relevant and satisfactory training and experience. Subsequent assignments to a salary level in a given residency program shall be to the next higher level and shall be determined by the Program Director, or equivalent level of supervision, on the basis of satisfactory experience, level of performance, and acceptance of responsibility.


When determining the initial assignment of a House Officer to a salary level where the House Officer has received international training the GME Office will count these years if they meet the following criteria: 1) they have successfully completed the program (partial credit is not provided); 2) the training can be translated as an equivalent to US GME training (ACGME-I accredited or US accreditation is available through the ACGME/CODA/ABOG); and 3) the US Board accepts the training to apply for US board certification (a copy of the correspondence with the Board, or copy of the Board specific guidelines, must be provided).


When a current House Officer is changing from one residency program to another, after consultation with the GME Office, the Program Director, or equivalent level of supervision, will discuss the appropriate salary level with the House Officer prior to assignment to a salary level. In order to receive credit for prior GME training, the House Officer must successfully complete an accredited program in its entirety (accreditation must be through the same governing organization as the University program). Partial credit for participation in a program will not be provided and those years will not count toward the assignment of a salary level. However, if the board of the specialty entering will provide credit for previous training to the new specialty, then the credit may be provided. This assignment will be confirmed in writing.


No later than the end of the second full week of employment, an employee may request an advance on the salary which will be due for the first full month's employment. In the event of such an advance, the advance will be offset against either that month's salary or the next month's salary. Employees will be provided with information regarding this option prior to or during orientation.


In addition to the House Officer salary and payment to encourage savings, an individual House Officer may be granted discretionary supplemental payments, rewards or reimbursement by their department. Such payments may be used as recognition of a House Officer's professional growth and development and/or contribution in supporting Michigan Medicine's goals and interests. This may be used for recruitment to faculty positions.



A House Officer who is appointed a Chief Resident may receive additional salary during the appointment period in an amount determined by the employer.



During an employee's period of employment, they may be funded from a grant from which no income taxes are withheld. In this situation, the employee may not be able to enroll in, or continue to participate in, some Flex Benefits, which are provided on a pre-tax basis. Without income tax being withheld, there is no basis for providing a pre-tax benefit.


The Employer will communicate the implications of the training grant funding on the employee's tax liability and benefit eligibility during their initial orientation. Further, all House Officers will receive information regarding this situation annually with their Open Enrollment materials.



For the purposes of this Article, the following are defined as House Officer holidays:

  1. New Years Day (January 1st)
  2. Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  3. Independence Day (July 4th)
  4. LaborDay (First Monday in September)
  5. Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  6. Day after Thanksgiving (Fourth Friday in November)
  7. Christmas Eve (December 24th)
  8. Christmas Day (December 25th)
  9. New Year's Eve (December 31st)
  10. House Officer's Birthday


A holiday will commence at 12:00 AM on the calendar date of the holiday and will continue for the twenty-four (24) hour consecutive period until 12:00 AM the day after the holiday.


To the extent practicable, the Employer will try to schedule these days free of responsibilities for House Officers. In addition, the Employer shall make every effort to honor the requests for the religious requirements by House Officers for observances of religious holidays. House Officers shall make such requests not less than sixty (60) calendar days in advance of the religious observance.


In the event that a House Officer is assigned any responsibilities by their training (including on-call, inpatient service coverage, clinics, rounding, jeopardy, home call, back-up, etc.) on a House Officer holiday as defined in paragraph 20, he/she will receive an additional 1/365th of his/her annual salary as compensation. The House Officer will receive this compensation regardless of total number of hours worked or location. House Officers are eligible for holiday pay for each House Officer holiday worked throughout the year.


If a House Officer's Birthday falls on another House Officer holiday, it shall be observed on another day mutually agreeable to the House Officer and his/her Program Director, and that House Officer will be eligible for holiday pay if he/she has any assigned responsibilities by their training program on that agreed-upon date. Requests for substitution of a House Officer's Birthday holiday must be made within sixty (60) calendar days prior to their birthday.


Any House Officer may substitute up to two (2) alternative days of his/her choice for any of the previously defined House Officer holidays within any twelve (12) month appointment period so long as the substitution request is made sixty (60) calendar days prior to the holiday. These substitutions will be mutually agreeable to the House Officer and his/her Program Director. That House Officer will be eligible for holiday pay if he/she has any assigned responsibilities by their training program on those agreed-upon substitute dates.


House Officers are responsible for ensuring duty hours are reported within MedHub and must submit a notice of eligibility for holiday pay to their Program Director or designated program official within sixty (60) calendar days of a House Officer holiday when they were assigned responsibilities by their training program. The programs will then notify the Graduate Medical Education Office of those House Officers who are to receive holiday pay for a given House Officer holiday. The GME Office may deny payment of any House Officer Holiday Pay due to work hours not reflected in MedHub. Recording of duty hours is not required when assigned as the individual to provide coverage should a colleague be unable to report to work (i.e. jeopardy or back-up). Any question regarding eligibility for holiday pay will be resolved by a House Officer's Program Director.