A Forensic Accountant earns an average salary of $64,520 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
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$45,984 - $100,032
$46K
$65K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,520
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$12.08 - $65.89
$12
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$66
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,984 - $100,032  
   
Bonus
$515 - $19,653  
Profit Sharing
$996 - $10,137  
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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$41,233 - $111,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 215
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $65.89  
   
Overtime
$14.19 - $90.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$515 - $19,653  
   
Profit Sharing
$996 - $10,137  
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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$41,233 - $111,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 40

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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

  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Prepare reports and summary of findings.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Accountant

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,884

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Key Stats for Forensic Accountant

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Forensic Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%

Experienced
up arrow 31%


National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Forensic Accountant Salaries

Forensic Accounting
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$65,000

Financial Analysis
up arrow 3%

Accounting
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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