Coroner Salary in 2018

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The Average Salary 

The average salary of coroner in US is $55,360.

Coroners work in forensics and aim to determine how, why and when a person died. These professionals are also tasked with trying to determine who a deceased person is when they have yet to be identified.

  • Median Coroner Salary
  • Lowest and Highest Salary
  • Salary Range for Middle 50%

$55,360 per year

$26.6 per hour

The median salary for coroners is $55,360 per year, or $26.6 an hour. It’s important to note that the median salary is not the average salary, but rather the mid-point (or middle) salary for these medical professionals.

The Total Salary Package

Base Salary represents 80% : 

Benefits and bonuses includes : 




Social Security

Other Perks


Benefits, Social Security, healthcare, dental, bonuses and any other benefits provided by an employer come with an intrinsic value. The total salary package reflects this value while following the median salary provided.

When all benefits are given a value, a salary of $55,360 equates to a true total salary package of $69,200. This figure will vary greatly depending on the bonuses provided by an employer.

Cities with the highest paying coroners

CitiesAnnual Salary
Coroner Salary in San Francisco, CA$89,160
Coroner Salary in Chicago, IL$81,530
Coroner Salary in Los Angeles, CA$81,500
Coroner Salary in Boston, MA$72,310

States with the highest paying coroners

StatesAnnual Salary
Coroner Salary in California$82,210
Coroner Salary in District of Colombia$78,090
Coroner Salary in Illinois$74,880
Coroner Salary in Nevada$70,300
Coroner Salary in Massachusetts$69,040

Factors affecting coroner salaries

Grouped into the classification of forensic science technicians, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the job outlook in this profession is lower than average. The growth expectancy of this field is just 6% between 2012 and 2022. In terms of jobs added during this time, there will be just 700 jobs added in the entire forensic science classification.

1. Location

Coroners work in all major cities, and metropolitan areas are among the cities that pay the highest salaries. Chicago is a prime example of a budding city where coroners are paid a higher salary, but this is reflective of the unusually high rates of murders in the city.

Statistics show that coroners working for the federal government have higher salaries than normal. The total salary package when working for the government is also higher as a result.

2. Industry

Coroners that have been deemed experts or have been in the industry for over a decade tend to have a higher salary than their peers.

Training and Certification Requirements

Becoming a coroner requires less education than other medical professionals. Coroners do not need to enter into a medical degree, but the requirements will vary from state to state. There are currently only 28 states that utilize the coroner system.

Education follows one of two paths:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: A standard requirement in all states.
  • Medical Degree: A select few states require a medical degree, which will then need to be followed by a residency or internship that can last up to 4 more years to complete.

Education will require undergraduate work in biology, chemistry and forensics.

In the event that a state considers a coroner a medical examiner, a medical degree will be required.

Becoming a coroner is not an easy task. Many positions are appointed or elected, leading to the lower level of employment growth. On-the-job training is required, and experience in the medical field is a bonus.

International Coroner Salaries

CountriesAnnual Salary
Coroner Salary in the United Kindom£16,400 – £38,200
Coroner Salary in CanadaC$34,700 – C$70,000
Coroner Salary in AustraliaAU$50,700 – AU$116,300


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