Forensic Accountant Salary

The average Forensic Accountant in the United States earns approximately $65K annually. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of Forensic Accountants spread between $42K and $110K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men make up a slight majority of Forensic Accountants (50 percent) who responded to the survey. Women make up a slight majority of Forensic Accountants (50 percent) survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,187 - $106,620
(Median)
$45K
$65K
$110K
MEDIAN: $65,144
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90%

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$12.26 - $78.30
(Median)
$12
$25
$78
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,187 - $106,620  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,178  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $7,500  
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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$41,706 - $110,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 228
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $78.30  
   
Overtime
$13.49 - $75.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,178  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $7,500  
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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$41,706 - $110,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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

  • 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.
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Prepare reports and summary of findings.

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Typical Forensic Accountants report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Accounting, Forensic Accounting, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Accountant

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


Forensic Accountants with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $62K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $80K. Forensic Accountants bring in $100K after working for 10 to 20 years. Forensic Accountants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $107K.

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Experience Affects Forensic Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 59%

Experienced
up arrow 49%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Forensic Accountant Salaries

Financial Analysis
up arrow 5%

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Forensic Accounting
0%

National Average
$67,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%
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