Pathologist (Medical) Salary

Generous salaries abound for Pathologists in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($180K) per year. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 64 percent of Pathologists are male. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$98,698 - $294,408
MEDIAN: $180,491

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$99,739 - $294,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.


36 %
64 %

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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 8%