Pathologist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Pathologist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $244,220
Alabama $163,790
Arkansas $127,190
Arizona $229,090
California $204,190
Colorado $219,310
Connecticut $221,870
District of Columbia $167,090
Delaware $216,600
Florida $197,710
Georgia $235,060
Guam $221,130
Hawaii $228,470
Iowa $219,300
Idaho $241,670
Illinois $160,050
Indiana $237,470
Kansas $186,790
Kentucky $223,770
Louisiana $164,470
Massachusetts $207,990
Maryland $182,970
Maine $257,550
Michigan $173,480
Minnesota $245,040
Missouri $198,920
Mississippi $143,010
Montana $247,260
North Carolina $196,670
North Dakota $266,510
Nebraska $114,250
New Hampshire $275,840
New Jersey $208,820
New Mexico $229,100
Nevada $227,500
New York $139,710
Ohio $212,160
Oklahoma $114,570
Oregon $199,960
Pennsylvania $187,440
Puerto Rico $109,490
Rhode Island $197,950
South Carolina $170,280
South Dakota $227,710
Tennessee $231,960
Texas $195,630
Utah $218,210
Virginia $201,770
Virgin Islands, U.S. $106,860
Vermont $151,020
Washington $239,080
Wisconsin $239,610
West Virginia $222,270
Wyoming $234,610

How much does a Pathologist earn?

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).

How do pathologist salaries compare to similar careers?

Pathologists earn about the same as related careers in Iowa. On average, they make less than colorectal surgeons.

Career Median Salary
Colorectal surgeon salary $231K
Orthopaedic surgeon salary $231K
Neurosurgeon salary $231K
Cardiothoracic surgeon salary $231K
Surgeon salary $231K
Hospitalist salary $219K
Immunologist salary $219K
Urologist salary $219K
Sports medicine physician salary $219K
Pathologist salary $219K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)