Forensic Engineer Salary

Forensic Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $83K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Forensic Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Forensic Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$56,000 - $123,732
$56K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,603
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$38.88 - $66.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,000 - $123,732  
   
Bonus
$1,951 - $19,392  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$53,814 - $133,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$45.00  
   
Overtime
$41.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,951 - $19,392  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$53,814 - $133,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Forensic Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $75K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $86K. Forensic Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $98K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $130K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Key Stats for Forensic Engineer

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Forensic Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲47%

Experienced
▲11%

National Average
$88,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

Entry-Level
▼15%

Skills That Affect Forensic Engineer Salaries

Pro/Engineer
▲59%

National Average
$88,000

Engineering Design
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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