Pathologist Salary

Generous salaries abound for Pathologists in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($201K) per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Pathologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Pathologists (58 percent) survey respondents. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half.

$120,171 - $302,188

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$107,659 - $306,886  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 250
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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.


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.

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $184K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Pathologists see a median salary of $241K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $247K.

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Experience Affects Pathologist Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.


58 %
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 14%