Pathologist Salary

Pathologists in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $201K) surpassing six figures annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Pathologists (57 percent) survey respondents.

$121,527 - $301,404
MEDIAN: $200,780

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$121,527 - $301,404  
$0.00 - $60,160  
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$2,500 - $65,000  
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$116,143 - $305,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 216
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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.

For Pathologists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $184K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $220K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $243K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $245K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Pathologist Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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


57 %
43 %

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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 13%