Forensic Psychologists in the United States pull down an average of $61K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Forensic Psychologists largely appreciate their work and find this position highly satisfactory. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Forensic Psychologists survey respondents are women (76 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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MEDIAN: $61,222
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$38,337 - $102,259  
   
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$0.00 - $13,242  
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$37,494 - $104,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 180
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Hourly Rate
$13.66 - $62.93  
   
Overtime
$17.50  
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$0.00 - $13,242  
   
Total Pay (?
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$37,494 - $104,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28

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Job Description for Forensic Psychologist

Forensic psychologists are often licensed psychologists that have chosen to specialize in the forensic concentration. They often have a doctorate in counseling or forensic psychology. Forensic psychologists work in varied environments, which many include courts, prisons, mental hospitals, private facilities, and government agencies. Working mostly in an office, the job is more mental than physical.

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Forensic Psychologist Tasks

  • Assist in jury selection and case strategy.
  • Provide treatment recommendations.
  • Provide services that are both clinical and forensic related.
  • Provide expert opinion, testimony and briefs on the psychology of defendants.

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Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Psychologist

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Forensic Psychologists. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $60K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $72K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $80K. Professionals who achieve more than 20 years of experience generally enjoy cushy salaries; their median compensation sits in the ballpark of $113K, a plump six-figure sum.

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Key Stats for Forensic Psychologist

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
054
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Forensic Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Forensic Psychologist Salaries



National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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