Medical Examiner Salary

National Salary Range

The range of medical examiner salary depends on upon some factors including his educational qualification, certification, the location of appointment and work experience, etc. A medical examiner or coroner is a government officer having medical qualification who owns the responsibility of determining the actual reasons for the death of an individual to determine whether it is an accidental, natural or intentional death. Brief information about job responsibilities, salary and the employees of the medical examiners is given hereunder for your knowledge.

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Job Description 

Autopsies are usually performed by many types of doctors including forensic pathologists appointed by many state and local governments who are officially known as medical examiners in their medical system. This career is mostly favored by the people interested in health care or forensic fields. The job of medical examiner includes the responsibility of:

  • Examining the body of dead persons
  • Investigating the reason of their natural death by examining their body tissues, organs, fluids and cells in the labs
  • Scrutinizing toxicology reports collecting data
  • Studying previous medical reports of the dead persons
  • Studying police reports to collect evidence from them
  • Examining the test reports received from laboratories
  • Maintenance of files for legal purposes

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National Average 

The average range of a medical examiner pay nationwide falls between $22,900 and $101,900, and this variation depends on various factors. Educational qualification, location, certification and years of experience are some of the major factors that influence the salary of a medical examiner. According to the reports released by Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2010, the average salary of forensic technicians also known as medical examiners was $51,500 which helped in increasing the interest of job seekers in this field since last few years. In February 2014 the site was showing $42,000 as the national average salary for a medical examiner.

Job Outlook 

Medical examiners are primarily appointed government officers by several states and local governments, though they are not appointed by all of them, for determining the cause of death including accidental, intentional and natural. They are regularly trained forensic pathologists and are responsible for determining the cause of injury by examining the dead bodies. They are appointed by the governments to study the bodily fluids, organs, cells and tissues of the dead bodies as an anatomical pathologist to understand the cause of natural deaths. They are also responsible for producing evidence in the court by DNA and blood tests and autopsies performed by them on the dead bodies. They have to prepare and submit the reports to the concerned authorities by their investigations which can be used as a witness in the courts for legal proceedings. Most of the government agencies and facilities including military, hospitals, and other healthcare settings employ medical examiners.


Location of appointment is one of the main reasons for the variation in how much professionals can earn. Georgia, Illinois, Connecticut, etc. are some of the states in which medical examiners are paid higher salaries as compared to other states. Though starting salary for the freshers starts from $22,000 in many states which go up to $82,000 and even more than $100,000 by their experience for many years say 8-10 years at least. Increasing educational qualification is another criterion of increasing salary of the medical examiners along with their experience and location. Brief information about state-wise initial salary of medical examiners given hereunder will give a clear picture in this regard.   States like Hawaii pay the lowest salary of $29,000 to their official medical examiners. $32,000 to $ 35,000 is the salary range of the medical examiners in New Mexico, South Dakota, Nebraska, Idaho, Alaska, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. Medical examiners employed in Colorado, New York, Utah, Maine, Kentucky, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Arizona, Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Vermont, Iowa, Nevada, Delaware, North Dakota, Ohio, Wyoming, Washington, Florida, Missouri, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Arkansas, North Carolina and West Virginia get between $36000 and $40,000 as their salary. The salary range of medical examiners employed in Montana, Maryland, Indiana, Virginia, Alabama, Rhode Island, Illinois, Georgia, Connecticut, California and Massachusetts lies between $41,000 and $46,000. Mississippi is the highest salary paying the state to its medical examiners as it pays them $48,000.

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