At the end of a near 30-year long investigation, a Louisiana jury indicted millionaire Robert Durst on weapons and drug charges. Durst first came to major media attention in the 80s when his wife Kathie disappeared weeks after receiving treatment for bruising on her face.
Following the indictment, the Los Angeles times interviewed local forensic psychologist Vonda Pelto, who spoke on Durst’s mental state. “A good sociopath, psychopath, can lie to your face and be so, so believable.”
Forensic psychologists like Pelto assist in high profile cases like the Kathie Durst murder, and are very well compensated for their unique expertise.
Salaries for Forensic Psychologists Working in Louisiana
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that psychology job prospects will increase by 12% between 2012 and 2022. Job prospects improve even further in Louisiana’s metropolitan areas. As specialized psychologists, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects increased job growth and higher pay for forensic psychologists.
Forensic psychologists fulfill a large number of roles in Louisiana’s criminal justice system. A few of these positions and their salary ranges have been listed below. This data was collected from a survey of job boards conducted in July 2015 and is shown for illustrative purposes only:
- Parole Evaluator – $39,686 to $54,238
- Trial Consultant – $47,000 to $67,000
- Criminal Psychologist – $57,000 to $95,000
- Expert Witness – $61,000 to $83,000
Forensic Psychologist Salaries Throughout Louisiana
The table below shows salaries for forensic psychologists working across Louisiana’s metropolitan and non-metro areas (US Department of Labor, 2014):