Forensic Psychologist

What We Do

This type of psychologist focuses on the interrelationship of the law and psychology. This professional will often work on the psychological aspects of criminal cases.

Work Environment

Forensic psychologists often work for the government, a university, a police department or sometimes in private practice.

How to Become

You will need to have criminal justice experience and at least a master's degree in psychology.

Job Outlook

The demand for jobs in this field will increase by 10% by 2022, which is average when compared to other careers.

Salary

The average national salary of jobs for Forensic Psychologist was $ 74,000.00 with a high confidence ranking based on over 250 sources. Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide are 24% higher than average salaries for all job postings nationwide.

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Training & Certification Requirements

You must have a psychology license to practice as a forensic psychologist.

Education Requirements

Easily find and compare Bachelor's, Master's & PhD Psychology programs required for a Forensic Psychologist.
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Compare the Top Salary Sites

We've researched the salary levels for Forensic Psychologist from the top 3 job websites including Indeed.com, Careerbuilder.com and SimplyHired.com. Below are the compared salaries for Forensic Psychologist:
Below are the salaries for Forensic Psychologist, as quoted by the top job websites:
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$ 74,000.00 $ 68,171.00 $ 57,000.00
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Average Salaries Across the Country

The following lists ranks salaries in each state around the country.
- $ 78,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources))
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Forensic Psychologist $ 78,000.00bar high
Alabama - $ 74,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 12
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Alabama are the same as average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 74,000.00bar high
Alaska - $ 57,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 47
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Alaska are 24% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 57,000.00bar high
Arizona - $ 62,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 43
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Arizona are 16% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 62,000.00bar high
Arkansas - $ 72,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 17
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Arkansas are 2% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 72,000.00bar high
California - $ 80,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 7
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in California are 7% higher than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 80,000.00bar high
Colorado - $ 65,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 36
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Colorado are 12% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 65,000.00bar high
Connecticut - $ 85,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 4
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Connecticut are 14% higher than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 85,000.00bar high
DC - $ 90,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 1
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Washington, DC are 21% higher than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 90,000.00bar high
Delaware - $ 66,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 33
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Delaware are 11% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 66,000.00bar high
Florida - $ 70,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 25
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Florida are 6% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 70,000.00bar high
Georgia - $ 85,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 5
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Georgia are 14% higher than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 85,000.00bar high
Hawaii - $ 47,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 51
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Hawaii are 37% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 47,000.00bar high
Idaho - $ 48,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 50
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Idaho are 36% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 48,000.00bar high
Illinois - $ 83,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 6
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Illinois are 12% higher than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 83,000.00bar high
Indiana - $ 71,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 21
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Indiana are 4% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 71,000.00bar high
Iowa - $ 72,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 18
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Iowa are 3% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 72,000.00bar high
Kansas - $ 67,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 31
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Kansas are 10% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 67,000.00bar high
Kentucky - $ 63,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 41
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Kentucky are 15% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 63,000.00bar high
Louisiana - $ 63,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 42
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Louisiana are 15% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 63,000.00bar high
Maine - $ 64,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 40
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Maine are 13% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 64,000.00bar high
Maryland - $ 76,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 10
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Maryland are 2% higher than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 76,000.00bar high
Massachusetts - $ 88,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 3
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Massachusetts are 19% higher than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 88,000.00bar high
Michigan - $ 75,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 11
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Michigan are 1% higher than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 75,000.00bar high
Minnesota - $ 65,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 37
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Minnesota are 13% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 65,000.00bar high
Mississippi - $ 79,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 9
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Mississippi are 6% higher than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 79,000.00bar high
Missouri - $ 73,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 15
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Missouri are 2% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 73,000.00bar high
Montana - $ 67,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 32
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Montana are 9% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 67,000.00bar high
Nebraska - $ 54,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 49
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Nebraska are 27% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 54,000.00bar high
Nevada - $ 59,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 45
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Nevada are 20% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 59,000.00bar high
New Hampshire - $ 73,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 16
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in New Hampshire are 2% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 73,000.00bar high
New Jersey - $ 80,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 8
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in New Jersey are 7% higher than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 80,000.00bar high
New Mexico - $ 65,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 39
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in New Mexico are 12% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 65,000.00bar high
New York - $ 90,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 2
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in New York are 21% higher than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 90,000.00bar high
North Carolina - $ 72,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 19
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in North Carolina are 3% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 72,000.00bar high
North Dakota - $ 65,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 38
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in North Dakota are 12% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 65,000.00bar high
Ohio - $ 71,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 22
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Ohio are 4% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 71,000.00bar high
Oklahoma - $ 68,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 29
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Oklahoma are 9% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 68,000.00bar high
Oregon - $ 70,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 26
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Oregon are 5% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 70,000.00bar high
Pennsylvania - $ 71,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 23
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Pennsylvania are 5% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 71,000.00bar high
Rhode Island - $ 69,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 28
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Rhode Island are 7% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 69,000.00bar high
South Carolina - $ 71,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 24
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in South Carolina are 4% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 71,000.00bar high
South Dakota - $ 55,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 48
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in South Dakota are 25% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 55,000.00bar high
Tennessee - $ 68,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 30
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Tennessee are 8% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 68,000.00bar high
Texas - $ 72,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 20
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Texas are 3% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 72,000.00bar high
Utah - $ 58,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 46
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Utah are 22% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
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Forensic Psychologist $ 58,000.00bar high
Vermont - $ 66,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 34
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Vermont are 11% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 66,000.00bar high
Virginia - $ 74,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 13
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Virginia are the same as average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 74,000.00bar high
Washington - $ 74,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 14
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Washington are the same as average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 74,000.00bar high
West Virginia - $ 70,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 27
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in West Virginia are 5% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 70,000.00bar high
Wisconsin - $ 66,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 35
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Wisconsin are 11% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 66,000.00bar high
Wyoming - $ 62,000.00 (High Confidence (more than 250 sources)) Salary Rank: 44
Average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings in Wyoming are 16% lower than average Forensic Psychologist salaries for job postings nationwide.
In USD as of March 24, 2014 55k 110k 165k
Forensic Psychologist $ 62,000.00bar high

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