Coroner or Medical Examiner?
- Coroners and medical examiners have the same legal authority, duties and responsibilities.
- Coroners are elected. They are trained as medico-legal death investigators and are the administrators for their office. Autopsies and medical expertise are provided by board certified forensic pathologists.
- Medical examiners are appointed. They are trained in forensic pathology. They employ medico-legal death investigators to respond to death scenes, and employ administrative staff to run their office.
- Coroner budget/salary vs. medical examiner budget/salary
- Coroner budget range $6,000-$1 million
- M.E. budget range $500,000-$4.4 million
- Coroner salary range $36,000-$105,000
- M.E. salary range $196,000-$230,000
- Coroners and medical examiners utilize the same protocols for death scene investigations.
- Coroners and medical examiners use medico-legal death scene investigations, forensic autopsies, toxicological testing and decedent history to determine the cause and manner of death.
- Coroners and medical examiners utilize the same investigative, scientific, and administrative protocols, resulting in the same consistent, professional and high quality death investigations.
Every scene, every time.