How much does a Pathologist make in the United States?
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Pathologists fall slightly below the middle among all physicians, with average earnings of $239,000, according to Medscape's 2014 Compensation Report. As in previous Medscape reports, orthopedists are the earning leaders, followed by cardiologists, urologists and gastroenterologists.
The average base salary for pathologists with 1-10 years of experience is $201,775; pathologists with 11-20 years of experience earned an average base salary of $260,119; pathologists with more than 30 years of professional experience earned a base salary of $279,011. The regions with the highest pathologist salaries live in the Northwest and Great Lakes regions ($256,000 and $253,000, respectively), while the lowest earners are in the Northeast and in the Southeast ($228,000 for both regions).
According to Medscape, pathologists who work for office-based single-specialty groups are the highest earners (at $270,000), followed by office-based solo practitioners (at $265,000). Those in outpatient clinics make the least ($185,000), while those in academic and government positions follow next in line (at $193,000).
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Pathologist Earnings by Seniority
Junior Pathologist Earnings
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Starting Pathologist Earnings
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Pathologist salary comparison
Pathologists earn less than 95% percent of Health careers. Pathologist salaries are in the bottom 99% of all careers in the United States.
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Historical salary for Pathologists in the United States
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