Forensic Psychologist Salary

Pay for Forensic Psychologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $61K 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. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,833 - $107,764
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$39K
$61K
$110K
MEDIAN: $61,489
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$14.04 - $141.23
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$38,833 - $107,764  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,953  
Total Pay (?
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$38,772 - $122,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 246
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Hourly Rate
$14.04 - $141.23  
   
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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Bonus
$0.00 - $13,953  
   
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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$38,772 - $122,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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

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

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Forensic Psychologists report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Clinical Psychology and Forensic Psychology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Experience with Clinical Psychology is often linked with knowledge of Forensic Psychology.

Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Psychologist

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $60K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $76K. Forensic Psychologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $87K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $118K on average.

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Experience Affects Forensic Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 86%

Experienced
up arrow 38%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$63,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Forensic Psychologist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 30%


National Average
$63,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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