Forensic Accountant Salary (United States)

60 percent of Forensic Accountants are still navigating the early stages of their careers and report less than five years' experience. The workforce as a whole reports a median income in the neighborhood of $67,448 annually. Pay generally spreads from $42,028 to $119,424 per year. Overall cash income ranges from $44,856 near the bottom to $111,722) near the top; it includes potential earnings of $10,261 from bonuses and $9,933 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and more than half have vision insurance, as well. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 53 percent. The majority of Forensic Accountants claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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  
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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.
For many but not all Forensic Accountants, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Though starting salaries approximate $62K, they climb to $81K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, workers enjoy a boost in pay; earnings increase to six figures, hovering around $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 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. Most of respondents report 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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With a pay rate for Forensic Accountants that is 41 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Also paying near the top of the field are Boston, Washington, San Francisco, and New York, where Forensic Accountants annually earn 36 percent, 32 percent, 23 percent, and 11 percent more than the national average. 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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