Pathologist Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Pathologists in the United States, with median pay hovering around $201K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. For the most part, Pathologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$119,933 - $301,034

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$119,933 - $301,034  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $60,160  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $65,000  
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$112,673 - $305,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 219
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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.


For many Pathologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $183K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Pathologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $243K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $245K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Pathologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$203,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 13%
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