Forensic Engineer Salary
An average Forensic Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $82K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Forensic Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$54,743 - $120,659|
|Bonus||$1,981 - $16,638|
|Total Pay (||$54,246 - $128,001|
Job Description for Forensic Engineer
A bachelor’s degree in civil, structural, or mechanical engineering is generally required for this position, as forensic engineers are responsible for investigating structures, components, or products that fail to function as intended. These failures may have caused personal injury and/or damage to property, and forensic engineers' findings are used primarily in civil law cases and occasionally in criminal law cases.Read More...
Those in this position must be honest and provide objective and unbiased expert forensic analysis, and analytical skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision are essential in this position. They must also be able to work well in a team environment.
Employers often prefer applicants who have prior experience in civil, structural, or mechanical engineering, and these engineers must ensure that all assignments are completed within given deadlines. Strong communication skills are important in this position in order to testify in court and present well-written forensic reports, and they must complete projects in a timely manner and in accordance with their company's guidelines and procedures.
Some forensic engineers may take additional training or attend relevant conferences and workshops, and some specific licenses or certifications may be necessary for this position. They may also need to travel to meet with clients or attend court hearings, and some may train and coach new or younger forensic engineers. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Engineer
Pay by Experience for a Forensic Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Forensic Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 34 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Forensic Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 20 salaries. An experienced Forensic Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 29 salaries. A Forensic Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $130,000 based on 11 salaries.
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