Pathologist Salary

Wages for Pathologists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($201K) per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Pathologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage.

$120,867 - $301,777
(Median)
$120K
$200K
$300K
MEDIAN: $200,954
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$120,867 - $301,777  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $60,160  
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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$115,162 - $305,765  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $184K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $219K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Pathologists make a median salary of $243K. 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 $245K.

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Experience Affects Pathologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$204,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

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