Forensic Computer Analyst Salary (United States)

A Forensic Computer Analyst earns an average salary of $68,497 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Experience strongly influences income for this job.
Forensic Computer Analyst Salary (?
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$40,234 - $111,210
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MEDIAN: $68,496
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Forensic Computer Analyst Salary (?
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$12.04 - $46.37
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,234 - $111,210  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,129  
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $5,087  
Total Pay (?
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$38,669 - $112,915  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 310
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $46.37  
   
Overtime
$1.14 - $61.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,129  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $5,087  
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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$38,669 - $112,915  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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Job Description for Forensic Computer Analyst

Forensic computer analysts are responsible for analyzing computer-based information for forensic evidence. These individuals process large amounts of data to find specific items on behalf of their organization. Tasks performed by forensic computer analysts may include handling computer hard drives and storage devices to analyze user patterns, using different computer programs to recover information from destroyed media devices, and preparing detailed reports after running computer analysis software applications, among others. These analysts must be able to work within deadlines and prioritize tasks according to their urgency.
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Forensic Computer Analyst Tasks
  • Ensure all forensic investigation activity is executed according to all federal and local law and internal standards.
  • Conduct forensic research projects on functional information systems, communication programs, and foreign network systems.
  • Contribute to ongoing forensic system and network analysis efforts to support daily vulnerability assessments, briefs, and general computer forensic operations.
  • Coordinate with other forensic experts to ensure that current intelligence information is communicated and disseminated in a timely manner.

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Pay Difference By Location

Atlanta
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Washington
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Baltimore
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San Francisco
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Chicago
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National Average
$68,000
New York
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San Antonio
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Denver
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Forensic Computer Analyst Reviews

What is it like working as a Forensic Computer Analyst?
Forensic Computer Analyst in Washington:
Pros: It has great exposure to the different aspects of DHS and the Intelligence community. A lot of valuable experience can be had with self initiative.
Cons: They do not care about me and my work. We seem to just be there and they are not investing in us or trying to keep us within the Department.
Forensic Computer Analyst in Baltimore:
"Computer Forensic Analyst."
Pros: Working for the government exposes you to a huge organization with many opportunities. You get to interface with people and systems across a wide range of enterprises that you just would not get in the private sector.
Cons: The current fiscal environment makes it impossible to retain solid talent, combined with a hiring freeze, you will be overworked and underpaid for the work you do. Even if you impress your upper management, broader DoD policy hampers them from rewarding you. Everyone you work with will do at least 5 different jobs and approvals to do things takes weeks, making even the simplest tasks Herculean efforts.

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Experience Affects Forensic Computer Analyst Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$68,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Forensic Computer Analyst Salaries

Forensics
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National Average
$68,000

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Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 14%
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