The salaries of forensic pathologist assistants vary based on a number of factors, including training, experience, employer and location of employment. These employees assist forensic pathologists and can work for law enforcement agencies, hospitals, clinics or physicians offices. In addition to salaries, forensic pathologist assistants may also receive bonuses, paid vacation and other perks.
Entry Level Salary
Entry level salaries for pathologist assistants average about $72,000 a year, according to the Explore Health Careers website. Typical salaries range from about $67,000 to $90,000 a year. Pathologist assistants with a few years of experience often earn over $100,000 a year.
Median Annual Wage
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for a first year physician assistant, which includes forensic pathologist assistants, was $74,470, as of 2008. Those with more experience earned a median salary of $85,710, making the national median salary $81,230 in 2008. The lowest paid 10 percent of this field earned under $51,360, while the highest paid 10 percent earned over $110,240.
According to the BLS, the job outlook for pathologist assistants and all other physician assistants is positive, with an expected job growth of 39 percent between 2008 and 2018. This is a much faster growth rate than averages across all U.S. industries and careers. The accelerated job growth rate is due to the growing health care industry and the desire of many medical institutions to keep costs down. Assistants can perform many tasks that pathologists can, but work at a lower rate, which helps keep operating costs down.
Bonuses and Benefits
Being a forensic pathologist assistant also comes with additional benefits and perks. According to the Explore Health Careers website, sign on bonuses and annual bonuses are a frequent occurrence in this field, increasing the salary of a pathologist assistant by a few thousand dollars more each year. In addition, assistants also often receive paid holidays, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, paid sick leave and life and disability insurance. Assistants may also be reimbursed for their education, training, tuition and certification through an employer.