Forensic Accountant Salary (United States)

Nearly three in five of Forensic Accountants report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $67,448 per year on average. Pay ranges from $42,028 on the low end to $119,424 per year on the higher side. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Forensic Accountants making up 53 percent of workers. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Forensic Accountant Salary (?
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$44,856 - $111,722
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MEDIAN: $64,532
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Forensic Accountant Salary (?
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$15.46 - $77.57
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,856 - $111,722  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,261  
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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$42,028 - $119,424  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 201
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $77.57  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $76.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,261  
   
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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$42,028 - $119,424  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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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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 salaries. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $62K to $81K. Paychecks spring to six figures after 10 to 20 years on the job, approximating $103K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Forensic Accountants at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $120K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than 10 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Boston
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Washington
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San Francisco
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New York
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$67,000
Chicago
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Atlanta
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For Forensic Accountants, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Forensic Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+36 percent), Washington (+32 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), and New York (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta.

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Experience Affects Forensic Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$67,000

Skills That Affect Forensic Accountant Salaries

Accounting
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Financial Analysis
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Forensic Accounting
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National Average
$67,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
47%
female alumni
 
Male
53%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

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