Review Fee

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This represents an expert’s hourly rate for initial review of case documentation, on-site inspections, report composition, and other work done at the onset of a case.

Deposition Fee

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This represents an expert’s hourly rate for participating in depositions. Experts may charge more for depositions that require them to travel, and some experts choose to bill a flat, daily or half-daily rate for deposition appearances.

Court Fee

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This represents an expert’s hourly rate for providing trial testimony in court. In many cases, experts will choose to bill a flat fee or daily rate for court appearances.

Average rates

After compiling expert witness fee data from more than 35,000 cases, we discovered that the average rate for initial case reviews for all expert witnesses is $356/hour, the average rate for deposition appearances is $448/hour, and the average rate for trial testimony is $478/hour. The table below shows the average hourly fees for experts in some of our most requested specialty areas.

Our data

Our Expert Witness Fee Calculator compiles fee data from more than 50,000 expert-attorney connections the Expert Institute has facilitated as well as information drawn from thousands of expert witnesses in our network.

The overwhelming majority of experts who are paired with attorneys through the Expert Institute are actively-practicing professionals who don’t advertise their services online. In addition, these experts may only testify on 1-5 cases annually due to their careers as academic department heads, industry leaders, and medical chiefs, and can command higher fees than their more junior or retired counterparts.

Although most experts request billing at an hourly rate, some experts charge daily rates for deposition appearances and courtroom testimony. We have accounted for this discrepancy by dividing daily expert rates by 8 to reflect a typical 8-hour work day.

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