Forensic Accountant Salary

Forensic Accountants in the United States pull down an average of $65K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Forensic Accountants can bottom out near $42K or peak near $110K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Forensic Accountants is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Forensic Accountants (50 percent) who responded to the survey. Women make up a slight majority of Forensic Accountants (50 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,187 - $106,314
(Median)
$45K
$65K
$110K
MEDIAN: $65,052
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50%
90%

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$12.26 - $78.30
(Median)
$12
$25
$78
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,187 - $106,314  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$961 - $5,152  
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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$41,706 - $110,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 228
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $78.30  
   
Overtime
$13.49 - $75.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,174  
   
Profit Sharing
$961 - $5,152  
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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$41,706 - $110,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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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Forensic Accountants who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Accounting, Forensic Accounting, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $62K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $80K. For Forensic Accountants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $99K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $107K.

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Experience Affects Forensic Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 59%

Experienced
up arrow 48%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Forensic Accountant Salaries

Financial Analysis
up arrow 5%

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Forensic Accounting
0%

National Average
$67,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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