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The average salary of a forensic pathologist

Updated February 21, 2019

Forensic pathologists, otherwise known as pathologists, are specially trained doctors who determine the cause and manner of death when someone dies unexpectedly. They combine extensive medical knowledge with forensic science principles to reach those conclusions. A forensic pathologist typically works for hospital, city, county or state agency.

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Entry level

According to a leading website, a forensic pathologist with one to four years of experience can expect a salary of £49,583 to £75,824.


By the time a forensic pathologist has 10 to 19 years under his belt, he can expect to earn a median salary between £79,624 and £137,467 a year.


According to a leading website, a forensic scientist working at a hospital can expect a salary range of £6,500 to £94,250, and her colleague working for a state or local government agency will bring in £65,000 to £111,601 a year.


It takes long and rigorous education and training to become a forensic pathologist. First, you need to graduate from a school of medicine or osteopathy. After becoming a physician, you’ll need to complete a five-year residency in forensic pathology.


Qualified physicians who have completed a residency in forensic pathology may sit for a certification exam given by the American Board of Pathology. While certification is voluntary, it does increase the pathologist’s value in the job market.

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About the Author

Sandy Keefe

Sandy Keefe, M.S.N., R.N., has been a freelance writer for over five years. Her articles have appeared in numerous health-related magazines, including "Advance for Nurses" and "Advance for Long-Term Care Management." She has written short stories in anthologies such as "A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs."

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