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Forensic Accountant Salary

The average Forensic Accountant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $65K annually. Overall cash earnings for Forensic Accountants vary widely between $42K and $115K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men make up a slight majority of Forensic Accountants (51 percent) who responded to the survey. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$45,782 - $106,870
(Median)
$46K
$65K
$110K
MEDIAN: $64,960
10%
50%
90%

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$12.26 - $130.17
(Median)
$12
$25
$130
MEDIAN: $24.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,782 - $106,870  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,171  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,696  
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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$42,210 - $115,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 226
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $130.17  
   
Overtime
$7.00 - $75.87  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,171  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,696  
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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$42,210 - $115,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Forensic Accountants who took the survey. 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $62K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $80K. Forensic Accountants bring in $99K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $120K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Forensic Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 79%

Experienced
up arrow 48%

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 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

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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