We recommend that borrowers project the amount of their monthly student loan payments against their anticipated income during residency training.
Average salaries for housestaff (2020)
- Year 1: $58,921 (salary) minus $16,498 (taxes) = $42,423 net
- Year 2: $61,167 (salary) minus $17,127 (taxes) = $44,040 net
- Year 3: $63,587 (salary) minus $17,804 (taxes) = $45,783 net
- Year 4: $66,226 (salary) minus $18,543 (taxes) = $47,683 net
Figures were taken from the November 2020 AAMC Survey of Resident/Fellow Stipends and Benefits Report and assumes 28 percent will go toward paying Social Security and federal and state income taxes.
Students should deduct the amounts currently budgeted for living expenses from these net income figures. The remainder will be the maximum that will be available for making loan payments.