How much does a coroner make? A coroner or forensics examiner earns a good to excellent salary depending on their years of experience in the job. A coroner is usually a county-level officer, elected (rather than appointed) officials, and typically do not need to hold medical qualification for their position. In some states the coroner is also the sheriff of that locality. In some states a medical examiner has replaced the coroner position. The medical examiner must be a physician, and is most often a specialist in forensic medicine or pathology.
Coroner Job Duties:
*Witness and certify deaths that are the result of a judicial order.
*Arrange for the next of kin to be notified of deaths.
*Provide information concerning the circumstances of death to relatives of the deceased.
*Locate and document information regarding the next of kin, including their relationship to the deceased and the status of notification attempts.
*Confer with officials of public health and law enforcement agencies in order to coordinate interdepartmental activities.
*Coordinate the release of personal effects to authorized persons, and facilitate the disposition of unclaimed corpses and personal effects.
*Inventory personal effects, such as jewelry or wallets, that are recovered from bodies.
*Collect and document any pertinent medical history information.
*Direct activities of workers who conduct autopsies, perform pathological and toxicological analyses, and prepare documents for permanent records.
*Inquire into the cause, manner, and circumstances of human deaths, and establish the identities of deceased persons.
*Observe and record the positions and conditions of bodies and of related evidence.
*Perform medico-legal examinations and autopsies, conducting preliminary examinations of the body in order to identify victims, to locate signs of trauma, and to identify factors that would indicate time of death.
*Observe, record, and preserve any objects or personal property related to deaths, including objects such as medication containers and suicide notes.
*Remove or supervise removal of bodies from death scenes, using the proper equipment and supplies, and arrange for transportation to morgues.
*Record the disposition of minor children, as well as details of arrangements made for their care.
*Complete death certificates, including the assignment of a cause and manner of death.
*Interview persons present at death scenes to obtain information useful in determining the manner of death.
*Complete reports and forms required to finalize cases.
*Collect wills, burial instructions, and other documentation needed for investigations and for handling of the remains.
*Testify at inquests, hearings, and court trials.
How much does a coroner make per hour?
Payscale.com shows coroners national hourly wage data as $11.09 to $16.28 an hour for one year or under in experience, and $10.17 to $19.65 for up to four years experience.
According to WikiAnswers.com the median hourly pay for experienced coroners is $35 to 40 dollars an hour.
How much does a coroner make per year?
Payscale.com shows coroners national salary data as $36,403 to $67,843 a year.
According to Wikipedia, a coroners salary ranges from $39,000 to a maximum of $181,000 maximum after twenty years of job experience.