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Pathology Employment Outlook
Today’s employment outlook for graduating physicians with an interest in pathology training is very promising. The following 2017 career statistics were obtained from the American Medical Association FREIDA Online (www.ama-assn.org). The average salary for a resident/fellow was $54,905, and the average number of days of vacation was 17.2. On average, pathologists worked 52.1 hours per week (compared to 55 hours for all other specialties combined). In 2017, there were 2,267 pathology residents/fellows in training and 599 completed training in anatomic and/or clinical pathology. Among pathology residents/fellows, 50.3% were female and 48.6% were international medical graduates. In 2017, 91.8% of residents completing a residency program decided to pursue additional training in specialized fellowships, 3.8% began a career in academic medicine (in pathology), 1% began practicing in the United States (20% of these went into group practice), 1.6% went into the military, and the remainder left the United States.
Data from the College of American Pathologists for the year 2014 show that on average, pathologists worked 51.6 hours per week (compared to 55 hours for all other specialties combined). Currently, approximately half of pathologists work in group practice, and the remainder work in solo practice, in a university medical school or hospital, in independent laboratories, in a multi-specialty group, and as coroners or medical examiners. More than half of pathology group practices have five or more pathologists (and one third of those in group practice work in larger groups of seven or more). Salaries for practicing pathologists vary with years of experience, type of practice and practice site.