Forensic Accountant Salary

Forensic Accountants in the United States can expect wages of $65K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for Forensic Accountants vary widely between $41K and $121K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men make up a slight majority of Forensic Accountants (52 percent) who responded to the survey. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$45,386 - $111,668
(Median)
$45K
$65K
$110K
MEDIAN: $64,783
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50%
90%

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$12.60 - $131.18
(Median)
$13
$25
$130
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,386 - $111,668  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,227  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,787  
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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$41,245 - $121,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $131.18  
   
Overtime
$7.00 - $75.87  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,227  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,787  
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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$41,245 - $121,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Forensic Accountants who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Accounting, Forensic Accounting, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel.

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 for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $82K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $103K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $121K.

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Experience Affects Forensic Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 81%

Experienced
up arrow 54%

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Forensic Accountant Salaries

Accounting
up arrow 5%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 5%

Forensic Accounting
0%

National Average
$67,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%