20-25% raise for Ontario’s pathologists in 2012

Evidence from the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure, the so-called “Sunshine List”, shows that pathologists in Ontario saw an average salary increase in 2013 of 20-25% over the previous year. This average for the entire list was 2.2%.

Appearing in both the 2013 and 2012 disclosures, 195 pathologists saw their average package (salary + taxable benefits) increase by $57k or 20.6% from $280k to $337k. The top 200 earning pathologists in 2012 averaged $348k, a 25.4% increase over 2011.

Ontario Public Salary Disclosure

Every year since 1996, the Ontario Ministry of Finance has released a list of all public sector employees who earned more than $100,000 in the previous year.


So what’s happening here? Why are pathologists seeing a 25% raise while the rest of the list shows a very reasonable growth of 2.2%?

At this point all we have are hypotheses. Analysis of the publicly available data has uncovered a surprising feature, and further investigation is required to find the cause. This is exactly the sort of process we should expect from an open government/open data initiative like the Sunshine List.


The positions in the data mapped to pathologist were:

  • Pathologist
  • Pathologist / Pathologiste
  • Pathologist Laboratory Medical Director and Chief of Medical Staff
  • Pathologist/Laboratory Medical Director
  • Pathologist/ Anatomopathologiste
  • Pathologist – Pathology / Pathologiste
  • Associate Director Pathology / Directrice adjointe Pathologie
  • Neuropathologist / Professor
  • Neuropathologist
  • Laboratory Pathologist / Pathologiste du laboratoire
  • Laboratory Pathologist/Pathologiste du laboratoire
  • Medical Director Clinical Lab Services / Pathologiste
  • Pathologist/Pathologiste
  • Associate Director Pathology / Directeur adjoint Pathologie
  • Associate Pathologist / Pathologiste adjoint
  • Associate Pathologist/Pathologiste adjoint
  • Senior Associate Pathologist
  • Senior Associate Pathologist / Pathologiste associé(e) principal(e)
  • Division Head Haematopathology
  • Chief Pathology & Laboratory Director
  • Associate Pathologist
  • Associate Pathologist / Pathologiste associé(e)
  • Pathologist and Director Laboratory Medicine
  • Pathologist/Director Laboratory Medicine
  • Director Pathology / Directeur Pathologie
  • Pathologist–in–Chief
  • Pathologist-in-Chief
  • Associate Head of Pathology
  • Associate Head Pathology
  • Division Head Pathology
  • Pathologist – General / Pathologiste général
  • Pathologist – General/Pathologiste général
  • Anatomical Pathologist / Anatomopathologiste
  • Anatomical Pathologist/Anatompoathologiste
  • Chief Pathologist
  • Administrative Director Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Senior Pathologists Assistant
  • Speech Pathologist – Voice
  • Speech Pathologist Voice
  • Administrative Director Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Haematopathologist
  • Senior Manager Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Anatomic Pathologist / Professor
  • Pathologist & Discipline Director



4 thoughts on “20-25% raise for Ontario’s pathologists in 2012

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  2. This isn’t a hypothesis, it’s a summary statistic. A hypothesis would posit some kind of mechanism or relationship with another variable. It’s also based on truncated data, and as such doesn’t say anything reliable about the broader population.

  3. To the undisclosed A (x@x.com): No, indeed this article is not a hypothesis. It is a fact. I rhetorically said that all we have are hypotheses at this point, but did not list any such hypotheses. If you think that you cannot make extrapolations from truncated data to the broader population you are simply wrong. Ask any statistician doing survival analysis. It just gets more complicated as you cannot make straightforward representative-sample assumptions.

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