Dermatopathologists are dermatologists or pathologists who specialize in the interpretation of skin biopsies. They provide information to the treating physician that includes microscopic observations and clinical evaluations. The salary of a dermatopathologist depends primarily on the amount of experience he has in that field. Additional factors that affect a dermatopathologist's salary include the specific location and industry of the position.
The American Society of Clinical Pathology conducted a job market survey of 121 pathologists in 2008. Approximately 20 percent of the respondents indicated a starting salary of less than $100,000 per year and 33 respondents provided a starting income in the range of $100,000 and $150,000 per year. An additional 33 percent of the respondents reported a starting salary between $150,000 and $250,000 per year, and the remaining 14 percent of the respondents stated a starting income greater than $250,000 per year.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information on the wages of dermatopathologists along with other physicians and surgeons for 2010. The average annual salary for this profession was $180,870, equal to an hourly wage of $86.96. The bottom 10 percent of this occupation earned $53,510 per year, or $25.73 an hour. The bottom fourth of physicians and surgeons earned $111,830 per year, equal to an hourly wage of $53.77.
The specific industry that offered the highest salaries to dermatopathologists was medical and diagnostic laboratories, with an annual average salary of $230,340. The next highest paying industry for dermatopathologists was physicians' offices with an average salary of $210,020 per year and outpatient care centers with an average annual salary of $206,370 per year. The federal executive branch paid dermatopathologists an average of $180,280 per year and hospitals offered annual salaries averaging $131,980 per year.
Minnesota offered dermatopathologists the highest average salary at $225,410 per year. The second highest paying state for dermatopathologists was Nevada, with an average annual salary of $223,350. South Dakota paid dermatopathologists an average of $222,780 per year and Alabama paid dermatopathologists salaries of $222,610 per year on average. Mississippi paid its dermatopathologists an average of $221,700 per year.