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Forensic Accountant Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, roughly three in five of Forensic Accountants report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $65K annually. Total cash compensation to Forensic Accountants ranges from $42K on the lower end to $119K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Forensic Accountants (53 percent). Job satisfaction for Forensic Accountants is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Forensic Accountant Salary (?
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$44,856 - $111,722
(Median)
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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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78
MEDIAN: $25.00
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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  
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  
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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Typical Forensic Accountants report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Accounting, Financial Analysis, and Forensic Accounting can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

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 $81K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $103K. Forensic Accountants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $120K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a fair portion of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up fewer than one in ten of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

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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Surpassing the national average by 41 percent, Forensic Accountants in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Boston, Washington, San Francisco, and New York are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Forensic Accountants earning around 36 percent, 32 percent, 23 percent, and 11 percent more than average. Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average.

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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%