Pathologists in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $192K per year on average. Most Pathologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Pathologists making up 70 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$71,244 - $312,171
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$190K
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MEDIAN: $192,332
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$71,244 - $312,171  
   
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$10,010  
Profit Sharing
$23,000  
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$68,814 - $345,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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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.

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Pathologist (Medical) 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 (Medical)

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


Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $188K per year. Pathologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $202K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $295K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Key Stats for Pathologist (Medical)

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Pathologist (Medical) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$192,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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