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Criminologist Salary

The average pay for a Criminologist is $46,038 per year.
$30,240 - $59,665
MEDIAN: $46,037

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$30,240 - $59,665  
$10.00 - $2,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$28,695 - $60,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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Job Description for Criminologist

A criminologist is a specialized analyst or scientist who is particularly interested in learning about what causes criminal behavior in society. Typically, these persons work for large law enforcement entities, government agencies, or social psychology labs at universities or similar institutions. The criminologist is an investigator of sorts, just not in individual crimes. Rather, he or she seeks to discover how and why criminals behave the way they do in an effort to aid police in their own investigations. This person must also assist the government by suggesting approaches that may prevent lawless actions.


Criminologist Tasks

  • Report on findings and advise policy makers.
  • Research social justice and criminal issues.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.


75 %
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 12%