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Forensic Accountant Salary

Forensic Accountants in the United States can expect wages of $64K annually on average. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $41K and hits $120K on the high end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Forensic Accountants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Forensic Accountants (52 percent) who responded to the survey. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$44,545 - $111,803
(Median)
$45K
$64K
$110K
MEDIAN: $64,353
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$14.45 - $61.83
(Median)
$14
$25
$62
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,545 - $111,803  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,248  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,933  
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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$41,039 - $119,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 208
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $61.83  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $76.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,248  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,933  
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).
)
$41,039 - $119,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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Job Description for Forensic Accountant

  • 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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Forensic Accountants report a focused set of job skills. Accounting and Financial Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Accountant

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Forensic Accountants. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $61K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $80K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $103K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $122K.

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Experience Affects Forensic Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 82%

Experienced
up arrow 53%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Forensic Accountant Salaries

Accounting
up arrow 6%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 4%

Forensic Accounting
up arrow 2%

National Average
$67,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 9%