Pathologists in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $192K) surpassing six figures annually. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Pathologists. The majority of Pathologists (63 percent) who took the survey are women. Almost all enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$66,866 - $305,209
MEDIAN: $191,945

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 64

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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

  • 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.

Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $173K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $170K. On average, Pathologists make $202K following one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $248K.

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Job Satisfaction

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


63 %
38 %

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: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 7%