Pathologist (Medical) Salary

Pathologists in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $191K annually. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Pathologists. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$95,326 - $298,797
MEDIAN: $191,098

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$98,291 - $305,210  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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Job Description for Pathologist (Medical)

A medical pathologist can generally find employment in medical agencies, where it is essential to diagnose and treat various forms of diseases. As such, medical pathologists can find employment in medical schools, clinics, hospitals, or government agencies. The main duty of a medical pathologist is to analyze and examine body tissues and fluids to diagnose potential diseases and research the cause of these diseases.


Pathologist (Medical) 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 (Medical)

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $176K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $194K. Pathologists see a median salary of $225K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Pathologist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $252K on average.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.


41 %
59 %

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: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 7%