Forensic Psychologist Salary

Median pay for Forensic Psychologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $61K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Forensic Psychologists making up 77 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Something to celebrate is that most people in this position are highly satisfied with their jobs. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,450 - $103,380
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$61K
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MEDIAN: $61,183
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$13.75 - $80.00
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MEDIAN: $30.25
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Salary
$38,450 - $103,380  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,209  
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$37,967 - $107,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$13.75 - $80.00  
   
Overtime
$17.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,209  
   
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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$37,967 - $107,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Psychologist

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


For many Forensic Psychologists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $60K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $72K. Forensic Psychologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $82K. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $118K — the plum median salary in this group.

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Key Stats for Forensic Psychologist

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Forensic Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲90%

▲32%

▲15%

National Average
$62,000

▼3%

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
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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