Criminal profilers help police departments and the FBI develop profiles of perpetrators, including their personalities, education and aberrant behaviors. They study evidence, visit crime scenes, conduct research and review photos before submitting detailed reports on suspects. Their salaries are contingent on experience and geographical location.
Salary at $60,000
The average salary of a criminal profiler was $60,000 as of 2014, according to the job site Simply Hired. In 2012, those employed by the FBI earned $45,771 to $129,517, depending on their grade levels, based on data from FBIAgentEdu.org. The American Psychological Association reported salaries as high as $200,000 to $400,000 for those with well-established careers.
Top Pay in D.C.
Washington, D.C., paid criminal profilers the highest salaries of $94,000 in 2014, according to Simply Hired. They earned $70,000 in the state of New York. Louisiana and Nebraska were the two lowest-paying states, at $52,000 and $50,000, respectively.
Average Job Growth
While the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't estimate jobs for criminal profilers, it predicts a 12 percent increase in employment -- which is average -- for psychologists, including forensic psychologists, from 2012 to 2022. The increased demand for psychologists to solve problems, including crimes, will likely spur increased job availability.
- Simply Hired: Average Criminal Profiler Salaries
- FBIAgentEDU.org: What Is a Profiler with the FBI’s National Center for Analysis of Violent Crime?
- American Psychology Association: Postgrad Growth Area: Forensic Psychology
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Psychologists: Job Outlook
- Simply Hired: Average Criminal Profiler Salaries in ME and NY
- Simply Hired: Average Criminal Profiler Salaries in HI and CA
- Simply Hired: Average Criminal Profiler Salaries in L.A. and D.C.
- Simply Hired: Average Criminal Profiler Salaries in NE and IL
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