Forensic Accountant Salary

The average Forensic Accountant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $65K annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Forensic Accountants generally range from $41K to $118K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Forensic Accountants report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,857 - $109,652
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$45K
$65K
$110K
MEDIAN: $64,939
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$14.54 - $61.53
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$62
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,857 - $109,652  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,400  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $10,174  
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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$41,337 - $117,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $61.53  
   
Overtime
$13.86 - $76.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,400  
   
Profit Sharing
$972 - $10,174  
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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$41,337 - $117,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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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Professional skills reported by Forensic Accountants are few in number. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Forensic Accounting, Accounting, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel. Microsoft Excel is a skill commonly found among those who know Forensic Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Accountant

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


Forensic Accountants who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $62K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $79K. On average, Forensic Accountants make $99K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $123K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,665

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For those looking to make money, Forensic Accountants in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Forensic Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+37 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (13 percent less) and Philadelphia (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Forensic Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 84%

Experienced
up arrow 48%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Forensic Accountant Salaries

Financial Analysis
up arrow 7%

Forensic Accounting
0%

National Average
$67,000

Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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