Pathologist (Medical) Salary

Compensation for Pathologists in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($191K). Work is enjoyable for Pathologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$95,326 - $298,797
(Median)
$95K
$190K
$300K
MEDIAN: $191,098
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$95,326 - $298,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,590  
Profit Sharing
$17,000  
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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.

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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.


For many Pathologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $176K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $194K. Pathologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $225K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $252K.

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Experience Affects Pathologist (Medical) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$196,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

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