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Pathologist Salary

Pathologists enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($202K) annually in the United States. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women make up a slight majority of Pathologists (54 percent) survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-half. Work is enjoyable for Pathologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$121,741 - $301,281
(Median)
$120K
$200K
$300K
MEDIAN: $202,111
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Salary
$121,741 - $301,281  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $60,080  
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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$118,386 - $304,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207

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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. Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $186K per year. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $243K in this role. Pathologists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $247K.

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Experience Affects Pathologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$207,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 15%