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Pathology Technician - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Pathology Technician"

How much does a Pathology Technician in the federal government get paid? $58,066.02* *Based on the 2020 average.

Pathology Technician was the 295th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 289 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Pathology Technician, with an average salary of $57,413.

Government Pathology Technician jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Pathology Technician job is GS-1, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-9. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions which involve technical work subordinate to the work of pathologists or other physicians (or other professional personnel) who make the final diagnostic examinations of specimens of human tissues and/or cell preparations. Technician work in histopathology involves preparing thin sections of tissue specimens including fixing, clearing, infiltrating, embedding, sectioning, staining, and amounting. Technician work in cytology involves preparing, staining, and examining microscopically specimens of body fluids, secretions, and exudations from any part of the body to determine whether cellular structure is normal, atypical, or abnormal. Positions in this occupation require a practical knowledge of the techniques of anatomical laboratory practice in one or both of the areas of laboratory work (i.e., histopathology and cytology) and of the chemistry, biology, and anatomy involved.

Technical and Medical Support Positions encompass jobs that require specialized, practical knowledge and the ability to perform skilled tasked. However, these skills can often be learned on the job or through training when you are hired. In some cases, certifications are required to qualify. Additional education such as an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree will increase starting grade and lead to promotion. Typically promotions are given 1 grade at a time up to a maximum of GS-9.

Agencies that have hired a Pathology Technician

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 277 $57,412.75
National Institutes of Health 8 $82,313.25
Indian Health Service 3 $51,330.67
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 $65,250.00

Pathology Technician Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Pathology Technician is $58,066.02. The highest paid Pathology Technician made $94,906 in 2020.

Common Pathology Technician Payscales

Payscale Number of Pathology Technician Employees
GS - General Schedule 289

Starting Paygrade: $20,172.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $61,227.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-9, Step 10
Category: Technical and Medical Support

Other Jobs at the GS-1 Paygrade

GS-1 is the starting paygrade for Pathology Technician jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-1 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Autopsy AssistantTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Hydrologic TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Military PayClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Respiratory TherapistTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Voucher ExaminingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Pathology Technician Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Pathology Technician was $43,115. Since then, the average pay has increased to $58,066 in 2020.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0646.

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