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Pathologist Salary

Pathologists in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $202K) surpassing six figures annually. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent.

$119,186 - $302,658
(Median)
$120K
$200K
$300K
MEDIAN: $201,790
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$119,186 - $302,658  
   
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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$115,844 - $306,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 206

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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.


Pathologists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $185K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $219K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Pathologists make a median salary of $242K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $247K.

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Experience Affects Pathologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$206,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 13%
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