Forensic Accountant Salary

Forensic Accountants in the United States can expect wages of $65K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Forensic Accountants ranges from $41K on the lower end to $118K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Forensic Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,857 - $109,652
(Median)
$45K
$65K
$110K
MEDIAN: $64,939
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$14.54 - $61.53
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$15
$25
$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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Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Accountant

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


Forensic Accountants with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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. Forensic Accountants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $99K. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $123K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,665

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Forensic Accountants in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Forensic Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+37 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Philadelphia (13 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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
up arrow 1%

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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