Forensic Engineer Salary

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The biggest problem new forensic engineer graduates face is lower salaries. The number one opponent in an engineer’s salary is experience. Those who have minimal experience right after graduation will get paid as so. New graduates can expect to earn an average annual wage of $46,000, whereas forensic engineers who have been in the business for 30 years make an average annual salary of $98,000. Experience is a major component in ones salary, but other things determine your salary too. Where you work, like other professions, also plays a major role. If you’re working as a forensic engineer in a rural part of the country, chances are you won’t have as many cases annually as someone working in an area that has many bridges, buildings, etc. such as New York City. Still, many forensic engineers are called upon to investigate the failure of automobiles. Car crashes happen everywhere, regardless of the population size.

You may also want to consider the position you hold in your company. Most of the time, there is room for advancements (which equals higher paychecks) in local and state agencies. Those who are working in the lowest positions probably earn the lowest income. One thing to help overcome this as a new graduate is to continue your education immediately after graduating, as well as during your career. The more credentials you have, the most money you’ll make. Forensic engineers who have a P.E. degree earn average wages, while those with A.P.E. degrees earn much higher, sometimes double the wages of their peers.

Below is a list of what forensic engineers make in each State. Please, keep in mind that these figures include all different types of forensic engineers, not just mechanical engineers or civil engineers or even structural engineers.

Annual Salaries by State

Below is a list of the average median salary, according to the BLS, for each State as of 2009.

Alabama $77,230
Alaska $85,380
Arizona $76,260
Arkansas $69,300
California $91,910
Colorado $77,010
Connecticut $80,650
Delaware $84,740
D.C. $93,790
Florida $79,630
Georgia $73,510
Hawaii $76,730
Idaho $71,710
Illinois $77,940
Indiana $70,660
Iowa $75,420
Kansas $73,990
Kentucky $68,990
Louisiana $86,790
Maine $70,550
Maryland $85,660
Massachusetts $84,840
Michigan $72,070
Minnesota $76,820
Mississippi $79,350
Missouri $78,220
Montana $64,420
Nebraska $74,430
Nevada $84,350
New Hampshire $77,930
New Jersey $87,090
New Mexico $83,230
New York $81,510
North Carolina $75,770
North Dakota $67,060
Ohio $73,080
Oklahoma $72,890
Oregon $74,040
Pennsylvania $75,000
Rhode Island $83,550
South Carolina $75,190
South Dakota $64,660
Tennessee $73,840
Texas $87,950
Utah $84,280
Vermont $68,870
Virginia $81,140
Washington $80,690
West Virginia $67,110
Wisconsin $69,870
Wyoming $68,540