Pathologists in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $199K per year on average. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Pathologists who responded to the questionnaire — 60 percent to be exact. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Pathologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$99,728 - $301,525
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MEDIAN: $199,164
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$9.21 - $195.74
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MEDIAN: $63.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$99,728 - $301,525  
   
Bonus
$5,045 - $77,566  
Profit Sharing
$11,500  
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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$97,560 - $306,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 230
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $195.74  
   
Overtime
$150.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$5,045 - $77,566  
   
Profit Sharing
$11,500  
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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$97,560 - $306,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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 Pathologists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $192K per year. Pathologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $242K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $254K.

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Experience Affects Pathologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$201,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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