Forensic Psychologist Salary

Forensic Psychologists in the United States take home an average $61K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Forensic Psychologists is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Forensic Psychologists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 65 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$36,159 - $98,695

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$14.90 - $127.66

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$36,159 - $98,695  
   
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$0.00 - $14,243  
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$37,488 - $117,406  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 217
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$14.90 - $127.66  
   
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$0.00 - $10.50  
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$0.00 - $14,243  
   
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$37,488 - $117,406  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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Job Description for Forensic Psychologist

Forensic Psychology is a professional career that is a specialty focus of the broader Psychology field. Forensic Psychologists are responsible for the evaluation and assessment of adults and children involved in legal cases, including mental health testing, chemical dependency evaluations, collateral contact interviews, and the administration and interpretation of personality tests. This may include determinations of psychological stability and/or diagnosis of mental illness as it relates to court proceedings, including the determination of an individual's ability to stand trial. A Forensic Psychologist may also be involved in assisting with jury selection and may assist with court case strategy. They also provide expert opinions, testimony, and briefs regarding the psychology of defendants. Forensic Psychologists provide services that are both clinical and forensic-related, and may provide treatment recommendations for those undergoing evaluation. Some Forensic Psychologists work with police or sheriffs' departments, providing mental health evaluations or advocacy in the field as needed. Others work primarily in the courthouse, providing professional, expert testimony to relevant court cases. Other responsibilities may include interviewing individuals related to court cases, gathering information about the mental health or psychological history of individuals, special projects or assignments such as department committees, legal consultations, community outreach, professional education, special research projects, and oversight and training of graduate students or interns. Forensic Psychologists work primarily independently or with the oversight of a superior Forensic Psychologist. A Forensic Psychologist usually has an advanced degree in psychology, either at a Master or Doctorate level. Specialized education is also required, frequently in the Criminal Justice field.


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 usually report a few 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 16 percent, respectively. Competency in Clinical Psychology frequently indicates knowledge of Forensic Psychology.

Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Psychologist

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


Forensic Psychologists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $59K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $76K. Forensic Psychologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $84K. Professionals with deep experience (more than 20 years) report prosperous salaries in six-figure territory; the median for this crowd is approximately $117K.

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Experience Affects Forensic Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 89%

Experienced
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 23%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Forensic Psychologist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 30%


National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 17%
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