Forensic Accountants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $64K per year. Total incomes of Forensic Accountants incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $20K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $41K and $107K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Forensic Accountants survey participants are largely women, dominating at 62 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Forensic Accountants. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$98K
MEDIAN: $64,108
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$14.72 - $98.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,967 - $97,584  
   
Bonus
$734 - $19,727  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $10,304  
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).
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$41,405 - $107,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 215
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$14.72 - $98.63  
   
Overtime
$14.30 - $89.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$734 - $19,727  
   
Profit Sharing
$991 - $10,304  
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).
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$41,405 - $107,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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Job Description for Forensic Accountant

Generally, forensic accountants work for insurance companies, banks, government agencies, and police forces to detect fraudulent activities, and some run their own independent practices. Their work focuses heavily on investigating and analyzing financial evidence, and some may also assist in legal proceedings. They also serve as expert witnesses in courtroom settings and prepare visual aids as needed.

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Forensic Accountant Tasks

  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Prepare reports and summary of findings.
  • Research, analyze and compile account histories, financial documents and transactions.
  • Utilize accounting principles, financial analysis and auditing knowledge to prepare for legal disputes or litigation.

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Popular Skills for Forensic Accountant


Forensic Accountants note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Forensic Accounting, Microsoft Excel, Accounting, and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Financial Analysis, Auditing, and Accounting. Those educated in Forensic Accounting tend to be well versed in Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Accountant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Forensic Accountants. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $61K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $80K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Forensic Accountants see a median salary of $80K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $102K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,510

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Forensic Accountants, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 46 percent greater than the national average. Forensic Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+42 percent), Irvine (+28 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), and New York (+20 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (16 percent lower) and Houston (12 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Forensic Accountant

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
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Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Forensic Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 59%


Experienced
up arrow 24%

National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Forensic Accountant Salaries



National Average
$65,000

Accounting
up arrow 13%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 15%

Auditing
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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