When Eric Jorgensen shot and killed his wife and son before committing suicide in Boothbay Harbor, Maine’s State Police were baffled by the crime. When they completed their review of the crime scene, there was no discernable motive for Eric to murder his family and commit suicide.
The Maine Domestic Violence Homicide Review Panel was formed to research cases just like these. Forensic psychologists help government groups such as these identify factors police officers and detectives may have missed. Through the help of forensic psychology, the Maine Domestic Violence Homicide Review Panel offers legislative suggestions to lawmakers in order to prevent further harm and keep families safe. Their high level of education and vital expertise is valuable, as reflected in the salaries they typically earn.
This is just one example of the kind of work forensic psychologists perform. In July 2015, a forensic psychologist helped determine that Christopher Currier, a bipolar man convicted of attempted murder in Aroostook County, was competent to stand trial when he committed a parole violation. Forensic psychologists perform varied and important work in Maine, and are well compensated for their efforts
Salaries for Forensic Psychologists in Maine
Forensic psychology is a growing field in Maine, especially in urban areas. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of jobs in the field of psychology will grow 12% between 2012 and 2022. Forensic psychologists, thanks to their specialized training and higher level of education, benefit from even higher pay and job security.
Below are typical salary offers for a few forensic psychology positions found in Maine. These numbers reflect findings from a survey of job postings in July 2015 and are shown for illustrative purposes only.
- Custody Evaluator – $60,747
- Psychological Evaluator – $52,040
- Expert Witness – $47,000
- Trial Consultant – $45,000
Forensic Psychologist Salaries in Main According to Location
The table below shows salaries for psychologists in Maine’s metropolitan areas (US Department of Labor, 2014).