United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Claudia Wilken, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

Expert Compensation Rates

Presumptive Rates for Experts in Misdemeanor, Felony, and Non-Capital Habeas Cases
Investigators $55 - $75 per hour, DOE
with Special Skills
(e.g., fluent in foreign language)
$65 - $85 per hour, DOE
Interpreters $65 per hour
Neuropsychologists                   $200-$275 per hour
Paralegals $35-$55 per hour, depending on skills and experience
(Employees of firm=salaried hourly rate plus employer paid basic benefits)
Psychiatrists and other medically-licensed mental health experts $275-$350 per hour
Psychologists (with Ph.D) $150-$250 per hour
Other forensic experts $125-200 per hour
Other experts at court proceedings
8 x hourly rate per day or 4 x hourly rate per half day
Presumptive Rates for Experts in Capital Cases
Investigators
 $75 - $100 per hour
Neuropsychologists  $200-$275 per hour
Paralegals $35-$55 per hour, depending on skills and experience
(Employees of firm=salaried hourly rate plus employer paid basic benefits)
Psychiatrists and other medically-licensed mental health experts $275-$350 per hour
Psychologists (Ph.D)
$150-$250 per hour
Strickland Experts Up to maximum allowable for CJA counsel-currently, $178 per hour
Other forensic experts
$125-200 per hour
Other experts at court proceedings 8 x hourly rate per day or 4 x hourly rate per half day

Presumptive Rates for Experts in Capital Habeas Cases
Forensic Experts  $200 per hour
Mitigation Specialist Up to $100 per hour ($55 for record collection)
Psychiatrists, Neuropsychologists, and medically-licensed experts $275 per hour
Psychologists (with PhD)    
$200 per hour
Strickland Expert $178 (same as lead counsel maximum)