A forensic pathologist determines the cause of the death by examining a corpse. Usually, he does autopsy at the request of a coroner or medical examiner during the investigation of criminal or civil law cases. Forensic pathologists work closely with medico-legal authority in investigating sudden or unexpected deaths. Identifying a corpse is also part of their regular duties. Besides, they engage in examining and documenting wounds and injuries. The average forensic pathologist salary is $70,000.