Forensic Psychologists in the United States take home an average $61K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Forensic Psychologists survey respondents are women (76 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$37,664 - $105,907
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MEDIAN: $61,469
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$13.66 - $60.21
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$37,664 - $105,907  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,277  
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$36,174 - $108,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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Hourly Rate
$13.66 - $60.21  
   
Overtime
$17.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,277  
   
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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$36,174 - $108,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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.


Forensic Psychologists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $60K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $72K. Forensic Psychologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $80K. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $121K.

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Experience Affects Forensic Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 95%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Forensic Psychologist Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 31%


National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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