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Pathologist Average UK Salary & Prospects

Pathologists are doctors who diagnose disease by examining cells and tissue samples, and sometimes through performing autopsies.

  • Examine microscopic samples to identify diseases or other abnormalities.  
  • Diagnose diseases or study medical conditions using techniques such as gross pathology, histology, cytology, cytopathology, clinical chemistry, immunology, flow cytometry, or molecular biology.  
  • Write pathology reports summarizing analyses, results, and conclusions.
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Pathologists typically work around 38 to 40 hours per week.

As a Pathologist you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
42,968 GBP *
per year
27,146 GBP
105,042 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Pathologist

Men make 33% more than Women
Big gender gap
  • 56,407 GBP
  • 37,545 GBP
Average salary for part-time Pathologist
Average salary for full-time Pathologist

  • 21,267 GBP
  • 20,513 GBP
  • 26,854 GBP
  • 42,968 GBP
  • 37,545 GBP
  • 56,407 GBP
Pay over time for Pathologist

Pay for this role has increased over time
  • 40,832 GBP
  • 40,704 GBP
  • 41,186 GBP
  • 41,760 GBP
  • 42,570 GBP
  • 42,968 GBP

Future outlook for Pathologists

Balanced outlook
Balanced outlook
1% yearly wage growth (on average)

Pathologist - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Pathologist and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 62% of people in this role have a Post-doctoral training
  • 29% of people in this role have a Doctoral degree
  • 6% of people in this role have a Master's degree

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • knowledge of biology
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Pathologist


Things to highlight for your Pathologist interview

Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Achievement/Effort Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

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