Of course no one ranks residency progams based on pay scales, but Cali is a costly place to live (with exceptions like the valley and Sac). Still, I am curious to compare the pay scales of programs in Cali. The trick is all the hidden benefits - such as moving stipend, housing allowance, expected inflation (or COLA) related increases. Skrubz, perhaps you can lead off by telling us the CA-1 salary, institution and dept housing stipends, moving bonus, expected increases etc at Stanford Anesthesia. And how about the salaries for CA-2 and CA-3's? How much of a discrepancy really exists across Cali programs? We could extend this to all programs - but of course the NY programs really need to pay up. It is SOOO expensive there. At UC's the base salaries do not change across campuses, and these numbers are available on the web. CA-1 40,100 CA-2 42,100 CA-3 45,300 Of course hidden benefits are not published but could be shared here by interviewees, future/current residents etc. This is were it really gets interesting. What sort of incentives does, for example, USC have? A difference of 20% in salary by year 4 (CA-3) could be considered quite significant. How would it feel as a graduating CA-3 to get a job paying 195K when your fellow graduating CA-3 colleauge just next door will make 240K and work the same amount.