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Pathologist Salary

Salaries for Pathologists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($208K) per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women Pathologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most Pathologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-half.
$123,483 - $304,590
(Median)
$120K
$200K
$300K
MEDIAN: $202,810
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Salary
$123,483 - $304,590  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $60,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $65,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$118,081 - $308,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 163
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Job Description for Pathologist

A pathologist is a clinical specialist whose role is akin to being a detective for medical conditions. He or she analyzes samples of tissues, fluids, or other pertinent hard data related to a patient and then reports findings to the primary physician. Sometimes a pathologist offers recommendations for treatment. Pathologists also typically work with doctors performing autopsies to determine the cause of death.

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Pathologist Tasks

  • Consult with patients to explain and diagnose conditions.
  • Perform autopsies to understand cause of death and progression of diseases.
  • Supervise testing and analysis of samples to determine health and pathology of patients.
  • Document findings and conclusions, and make recommendations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pathologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Pathologists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $181K per year. Pathologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $243K. Pathologists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $244K.

Experience Affects Pathologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$208,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 14%