Forensic Psychologist Salary

An average Forensic Psychologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $62K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Forensic Psychologists survey respondents are women (79 percent). Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$38,757 - $105,577
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$13.94 - $78.91
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$38,757 - $105,577  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,588  
Total Pay (?
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$38,637 - $110,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$13.94 - $78.91  
   
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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Bonus
$0.00 - $13,588  
   
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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$38,637 - $110,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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

Pay by Experience for a Forensic Psychologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Forensic Psychologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 148 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Forensic Psychologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 52 salaries. An experienced Forensic Psychologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 38 salaries. A Forensic Psychologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 9 salaries.

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Key Stats for Forensic Psychologist

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

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

Late-Career
▲87%

▲30%

▲14%

National Average
$63,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Forensic Psychologist Salaries



National Average
$63,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 11%
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