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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

29-1222 Physicians, Pathologists

Diagnose diseases and conduct lab tests using organs, body tissues, and fluids. Includes medical examiners.


National estimates for Physicians, Pathologists
Industry profile for Physicians, Pathologists
Geographic profile for Physicians, Pathologists

National estimates for Physicians, Pathologists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Physicians, Pathologists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,010 9.2 % $ 128.45 $ 267,180 3.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Physicians, Pathologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 30.45 $ 65.46 (5) (5) (5)
Annual Wage (2) $ 63,340 $ 136,160 (5) (5) (5)


Industry profile for Physicians, Pathologists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Physicians, Pathologists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Physicians, Pathologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Physicians, Pathologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 4,320 0.16 $ 147.33 $ 306,440
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,790 0.95 $ 158.50 $ 329,680
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,440 0.04 (8) (8)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 400 0.01 $ 92.52 $ 192,440
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 190 0.01 $ 48.42 $ 100,720

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Physicians, Pathologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,790 0.95 $ 158.50 $ 329,680
Offices of Physicians 4,320 0.16 $ 147.33 $ 306,440
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,440 0.04 (8) (8)
Scientific Research and Development Services 120 0.01 $ 84.17 $ 175,080
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 190 0.01 $ 48.42 $ 100,720

Top paying industries for Physicians, Pathologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 100 0.01 (5) (5)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 2,790 0.95 $ 158.50 $ 329,680
Offices of Physicians 4,320 0.16 $ 147.33 $ 306,440
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 400 0.01 $ 92.52 $ 192,440
Scientific Research and Development Services 120 0.01 $ 84.17 $ 175,080


Geographic profile for Physicians, Pathologists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Physicians, Pathologists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Physicians, Pathologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of physicians, pathologists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Physicians, Pathologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,570 0.10 1.22 $ 168.74 $ 350,980
New York 840 0.10 1.25 $ 116.10 $ 241,490
Florida 690 0.08 1.02 $ 120.78 $ 251,220
Texas 480 0.04 0.50 $ 132.12 $ 274,800
Washington 370 0.11 1.47 $ 145.24 $ 302,100


Map of location quotient of physicians, pathologists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Physicians, Pathologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 190 0.41 5.23 $ 135.90 $ 282,670
Oklahoma 270 0.18 2.24 $ 110.05 $ 228,910
Connecticut 220 0.14 1.81 (8) (8)
Hawaii 70 0.14 1.74 $ 94.23 $ 196,000
Washington 370 0.11 1.47 $ 145.24 $ 302,100


Map of annual mean wages of physicians, pathologists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Physicians, Pathologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Georgia 160 0.04 0.47 (5) (5)
Maine (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
North Carolina 160 0.04 0.45 (5) (5)
California 1,570 0.10 1.22 $ 168.74 $ 350,980
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $ 168.69 $ 350,880



Map of employment of physicians, pathologists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Physicians, Pathologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 800 0.09 1.19 $ 113.24 $ 235,530
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 390 0.15 1.88 $ 79.41 $ 165,160
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 320 0.13 1.66 $ 111.93 $ 232,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 250 0.04 0.56 $ 140.61 $ 292,480
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 250 0.10 1.22 $ 139.21 $ 289,560
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 220 0.12 1.48 $ 155.22 $ 322,860
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 180 0.34 4.37 $ 135.72 $ 282,300
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 170 0.13 1.69 $ 125.28 $ 260,580
Pittsburgh, PA 170 0.16 2.07 $ 114.84 $ 238,860
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 170 0.05 0.60 $ 130.37 $ 271,160


Map of location quotient of physicians, pathologists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Physicians, Pathologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 180 0.34 4.37 $ 135.72 $ 282,300
Oklahoma City, OK 170 0.27 3.50 $ 88.56 $ 184,200
Tulsa, OK 90 0.23 2.89 $ 145.30 $ 302,230
Madison, WI 70 0.18 2.29 $ 160.93 $ 334,730
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 60 0.17 2.22 $ 165.82 $ 344,900
Pittsburgh, PA 170 0.16 2.07 $ 114.84 $ 238,860
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 100 0.16 2.03 $ 137.64 $ 286,290
Urban Honolulu, HI 60 0.15 1.97 (8) (8)
Rochester, NY 70 0.15 1.88 $ 120.38 $ 250,400
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 390 0.15 1.88 $ 79.41 $ 165,160


Map of annual mean wages of physicians, pathologists by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Physicians, Pathologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 100 0.04 0.49 (5) (5)
Flint, MI (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Rockford, IL (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Bangor, ME (8) (8) (8) (5) (5)
Lexington-Fayette, KY (8) (8) (8) $ 168.97 $ 351,450
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 60 0.17 2.22 $ 165.82 $ 344,900
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 40 0.11 1.45 $ 164.12 $ 341,360


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022