Pathologist Salary

Pathologists in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $199K annually. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Pathologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Pathologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$106,254 - $301,529
(Median)
$110K
$200K
$300K
MEDIAN: $199,195
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$9.07 - $151.41
(Median)
$9
$65
$150
MEDIAN: $65.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$106,254 - $301,529  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $59,920  
Profit Sharing
$8,000  
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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$102,494 - $305,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 280
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$9.07 - $151.41  
   
Overtime
$150.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$0.00 - $59,920  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,000  
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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$102,494 - $305,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $184K per year. Pathologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $239K. Pathologists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $244K.

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Experience Affects Pathologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$202,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

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