Pathologist Salary

Pathologists receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $199K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women account for the majority of Pathologists who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact.

$100,095 - $299,210
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MEDIAN: $199,109
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$14.50 - $175.00
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MEDIAN: $70.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$110K$220K$330K
Salary
$100,095 - $299,210  
   
Bonus
$5,034 - $78,297  
Profit Sharing
$11,500  
Total Pay (?
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$98,076 - $303,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 228
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$14.50 - $175.00  
   
Overtime
$100.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$5,034 - $78,297  
   
Profit Sharing
$11,500  
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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$98,076 - $303,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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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

  • Supervise testing and analysis of samples to determine health and pathology of patients.
  • Document findings and conclusions, and make recommendations.
  • Consult with patients to explain and diagnose conditions.
  • Perform autopsies to understand cause of death and progression of diseases.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pathologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Pathologists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $193K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $234K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $243K.

Key Stats for Pathologist

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Pathologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲21%

Experienced
▲17%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$201,000

Entry-Level
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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