Forensic Accountant Salary

The average Forensic Accountant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $65K per year. The range in cash compensation to Forensic Accountants ($42K to $116K) includes potential earnings of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Forensic Accountants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Forensic Accountants making up 50 percent of survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$45,385 - $108,525

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$12.26 - $78.30

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,385 - $108,525  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,236  
Profit Sharing
$966 - $10,213  
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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$42,020 - $116,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $78.30  
   
Overtime
$13.57 - $75.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,236  
   
Profit Sharing
$966 - $10,213  
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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$42,020 - $116,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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Forensic Accountants typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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.

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. 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. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $101K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $121K on average.

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Experience Affects Forensic Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 81%

Experienced
up arrow 50%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Forensic Accountant Salaries

Financial Analysis
up arrow 5%

Forensic Accounting
0%

National Average
$67,000

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
51%
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: 10%
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