Graduate Medical Education

Salary and Benefits

  • The St. Luke’s graduate medical education program offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. Residents who have successfully completed the St. Luke’s residency program and moved into practice have commented that the cost of living in the Lehigh Valley is lower and they found that they had more buying power than in the large cities.

    Current Salary Structure

    Post Graduate Year Annual Salary
    PGY-1 $60,316
    PGY-2 $63,987
    PGY-3 $66,553
    PGY-4 $69,390

    Note: Salaries effective July 1, 2020. Salaries correspond to the number of years in the resident’s chosen program.

  • Insurance

    • Choice of health care plans for residents and their dependents
    • Dental insurance for the resident and his/her dependents 
    • Life insurance equal to the yearly salary
    • Long-term disability insurance*
    • Option to purchase short-term disability insurance
    • Malpractice insurance

    *Coverage effective 6 months from date of hire.

    Paid Time Off

    • 4 weeks paid time off
      • 3 weeks vacation
      • 1 week sick/personal
    • Sick time will accrue at a rate of one day per month


    • Book allowance - $550 per year
    • Payment of licensing and examination fees required for advancement in the program

    Conference and Travel Allowance

    • Funding up to $2,000 for a conference with the approval of the Program Director and the Chief Academic Officer
    • One additional conference yearly with a $1,500 stipend when a resident at any level of training has a paper accepted for presentation at a meeting

    Other Benefits

    • Mobile Device for Epic Use
    • Prescription plan for the resident and dependents
    • Free meals on-call
    • Two free lab coats
    • Employee assistance program
    • Child development center provides day care for hospital employees' children at competitive rates (adjacent to St. Luke’s Hospital – Bethlehem Campus)
    • Credit union membership
    • Membership in the St. Luke’s Health & Fitness Center
    • Tax sheltered annuities - option to establish payroll deductions for pre-tax contributions
    • Flexible spending accounts – option to establish pre-tax deduction to pay for non-reimbursed medical expenses and/or dependent (child or elder) care
    • Resident Well-Being: Various resident appreciation events and items including breakfasts, clothing items, get-togethers, and wellness activities.

Scholarly research is an essential component of our program. A lifelong interest in research and scholarly activity is an important skill to cultivate. Research is supported by the program director, the faculty, and St. Luke’s Department of Research and Innovation. Essential for success in research are faculty mentors, research support, and the opportunity to develop and learn skills in research including methodology and investigation. During first year each resident will meet with a faculty mentor to discuss research interests and career goals. The goal is to connect residents with faculty mentors throughout St. Luke’s Network who share common scholarly interests and to be able to learn from their experiences and share in their knowledge. More information on Research and Innovation at St. Luke’s can be found at