Forensic Psychology Median Salaries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), psychologists (including forensic psychologists) earn a median salary of $89,900 per year. The BLS estimates that employment in the field will grow by 22% between 2010 and 2020, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

Potential Forensic Psychology Salary

As is the case in many professions, a forensic psychologist salary depends upon a professional’s location, occupation, work-setting, and level of education.

Forensic psychologists might find employment working for the federal, state, or local government, as researchers at academic institutions, or they may be employed as a consultant, providing expert testimony in legal proceedings. Specific, and reliable data on the salaries of forensic psychologists is not available, however, the Bureau of Labor Statistics does provide salary information about the median earnings of psychologists employed in different industries.

Psychologists employed by the federal government earn a median salary of $87,910 and those employed by colleges, universities, and professional schools earn a median salary of $67,380. Salary data is not available for forensic psychologists who work as private consultants.


The salaries of forensic psychologists are also likely to vary by location. The BLS reports that the top paying states for psychologists in any industry, other than clinical, counseling, school psychologists, and organizational psychologists are Maryland, North Dakota, Virginia, Kansas, and Illinois. Psychologists employed in the state of Maryland earn a median salary of $107,180, those employed in North Dakota earn a median salary of $97,650, psychologists employed in Virginia earn a median salary of $96,850, those employed in Kansas earn a median salary of $96,290, and psychologists in Illinois earn a median salary of $94,440.

Psychologists, Including Forensic Psychologists Salary by State of Employment Psychologists, Including Forensic Psychologists, Median Earnings
Maryland $107,180
North Dakota $97,650
Virginia $96,850
Kansas $96,290
Illinois $94,440
Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics:

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