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Coroner

Coroners investigate deaths where the causes are unexplained or the person’s identity is unknown.

Annual Salary

£85,000 to £115,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

36 to 38 variable

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on a rota

3.5%
Future employment

There will be 3.5% more Coroner jobs in 2026.

Day to day tasks

As a coroner, you could:

  • hold an inquest into a death if one is needed
  • gather evidence, witness statements and information about the circumstances of a death
  • talk to professionals involved when someone dies, such as a doctor or the police
  • order a post-mortem examination if there are questions around the cause of death
  • decide the cause of death by analysing all the available facts
  • notify the registrar about the death and results of any inquest
  • keep relatives informed of progress
  • write reports and make recommendations to prevent future deaths

Working environment

You could work in an office, in a court or in an NHS or private hospital.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

You can get into this job by applying directly.

Direct application

You need to apply to be an assistant coroner before you can be appointed the position of coroner. Vacancies are advertised by local authorities.

To apply, you should be either:

Local authorities appoint coroners and assistant coroners with the consent of the Chief Coroner and the Lord Chancellor.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

More information

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a coroner from the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary and the Crown Prosecution Service.

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With experience, you can apply for the position of senior coroner. After that you could become a chief coroner which is the most senior position.

You can also apply to become a course director with the Judicial College.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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