Forensic Accountant Salary

Forensic Accountants in the United States can expect wages of $63K annually on average. Cash earnings for Forensic Accountants — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $41K to approximately $99K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women account for the majority of Forensic Accountants who responded to the questionnaire — 60 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Forensic Accountants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,970 - $89,330
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MEDIAN: $62,810
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$0$98K
Salary $41,970 - $89,330
Bonus $773 - $14,453
Profit Sharing $972 - $5,068
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$40,563 - $98,343
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 214
Hourly Data $0$99
Hourly Rate $14.45 - $99.67
Overtime $18.03 - $94.53
Annual Data $0$98K
Bonus $773 - $14,453
Profit Sharing $972 - $5,068
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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$40,563 - $98,343
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 35

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Job Description for Forensic Accountant

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 for Forensic Accountant


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 for Forensic Accountant

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

National Average: $63,514

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).

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Key Stats for Forensic Accountant

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Forensic Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
▲57%

▲24%

▲22%

National Average
$64,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Forensic Accountant Salaries



National Average
$64,000

Accounting
▼12%

Auditing
▼13%

Financial Analysis
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 16%
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