$65,607
Avg. Salary
$25.00
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$4,500

Bonus

$2,005

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Forensic Accountant is $25.00 per hour.

The average pay for a Forensic Accountant is $65,607 per year.

10%
$14.93
10%
$25.00
50%
$70.96
90%
90%
MEDIAN $25.00
10%
$45k
10%
$66k
50%
$108k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $65,607
$44,846 - $107,565
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$110K
MEDIAN: $65,607
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$0$116K
Salary $44,846 - $107,565
Bonus $770 - $14,773
Profit Sharing $976 - $8,109
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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$42,341 - $116,001
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 384
Hourly Data $0$87
Hourly Rate $14.93 - $70.96
Overtime $18.03 - $87.26
Annual Data $0$116K
Bonus $770 - $14,773
Profit Sharing $976 - $8,109
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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$42,341 - $116,001
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 57

Job Description

Generally, forensic accountants work for insurance companies, banks, government agencies, and police forces to detect fraudulent activities, and some run their own independent practices. Their work focuses heavily on investigating and analyzing financial evidence, and some may also assist in legal proceedings. They also serve as expert witnesses in courtroom settings and prepare visual aids as needed.

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Forensic Accountant Tasks
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Prepare reports and summary of findings.
  • Research, analyze and compile account histories, financial documents and transactions.
  • Utilize accounting principles, financial analysis and auditing knowledge to prepare for legal disputes or litigation.

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Popular Skills


Survey takers who work as Forensic Accountants typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Forensic Accounting, Microsoft Excel, Accounting, and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Financial Analysis, Auditing, and Accounting. Most people familiar with Forensic Accounting also know Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for a Forensic Accountant has a positive trend. An entry-level Forensic Accountant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 170 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Forensic Accountant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 63 salaries. An experienced Forensic Accountant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 43 salaries. A Forensic Accountant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 19 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

18%

-18%

National Average: $66,532

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Forensic Accountants, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Forensic Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+45 percent), Irvine (+30 percent), San Francisco (+27 percent), and New York (+24 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Houston (14 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Related Job Salaries

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

How Experience Affects Salaries

Late-Career
▲50%

▲19%

▲16%

National Average
$67,000

▼10%

How Skills Affect Salaries



National Average
$67,000

Accounting
▼16%

Auditing
▼17%

Financial Analysis
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 16%