Criminologist Salary

The average pay for a Criminologist is $44,856 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$30,134 - $60,634
MEDIAN: $44,855

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$30,134 - $60,634  
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$28,893 - $65,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.


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25 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 7%