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Forensic Psychologist Salary

The average Forensic Psychologist in the United States earns approximately $61K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Forensic Psychologists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (65 percent) are women. Most Forensic Psychologists report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than half.

$36,039 - $98,956
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$14.68 - $128.80
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$0.00 - $14,191  
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$37,051 - $119,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 214
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$14.68 - $128.80  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $10.50  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $14,191  
   
Total Pay (?
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$37,051 - $119,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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 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 28 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Employees educated in Clinical Psychology are typically practiced in Forensic Psychology, too.

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 average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $58K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $75K on average. Forensic Psychologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $84K. Professionals with deep experience (more than 20 years) report prosperous salaries in six-figure territory; the median for this crowd is approximately $115K.

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Experience Affects Forensic Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 85%

Experienced
up arrow 35%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Forensic Psychologist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 28%


National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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