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Resident Physicians


at a glance

• 1,200 employees
• 1,100 FTEs
• 31.7 years = average age
• $75,900 per year = average compensation including benefits of a full-time resident physician

There are 1,200 resident physicians in an academic year who provide service in BC’s publicly funded acute care facilities. During the physician programs, which are generally two to five years long, almost all resident physicians work on a full-time basis.

Resident physicians in the first and second academic year account for more than 50 per cent of total resident physician full-time equivalents (FTEs).

FTE and employee trend (2008-2013)

FTE and employee trend

The average age of a resident physician is 31.7 years, which is similar to what it was in 2009 (31.6 years).

Employees by Age Group (2009 vs. 2013)


Wages and benefits
The average annual compensation for one full-time resident physician is $75,900 or $6,322 per month, including wages and benefits. Since 2005, resident physicians’ wages have increased by 13.8 per cent while the rate of inflation (BC Consumer Price Index) during this period was 10.0 per cent.

Wage Settlements vs. Inflation (BC CPI 2005-2013)

Resident Physicians Wages

Compensation breakdown for a full-time resident physician (2013)

Overtime and sick leave
Resident physicians do not report overtime or sick leave hours.

Last updated: 26-11-2014