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Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) is $39,428 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. This job's salary does not change very much with experience.
Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Salary (?
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$26,952 - $60,240
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $39,428
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Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Salary (?
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$13.28 - $29.67
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,952 - $60,240  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,146  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,800 - $67,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $29.67  
   
Overtime
$16.77 - $44.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,146  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,800 - $67,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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Job Description for Crime Scene Investigator (CSI)

A crime scene investigator (CSI) is responsible for securing and examining details left at the scene of a crime. They are responsible for sorting through evidence and details to assist prosecutors in building a case. This person must be precise and meticulous, as protocols must be followed in a detailed and organized fashion. Tasks performed include lifting and collecting fingerprints, collecting and documenting trace evidence of DNA, determining time and cause of death in homicides, examining weapons and devices, and documenting each detail of various forms of evidence, among others. Crime scene investigators must possess the ability to remove themselves from the situation emotionally and analyze each detail objectively. This person must be able to think critically and analytically, as oversights can be highly detrimental.
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Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Tasks
  • Determine what scenes to investigate and what evidence to examine and/or collect while conducting follow up on each case.
  • Conduct interviews with family members, law enforcement personnel, medical professionals and others regarding circumstances of death.
  • Supervise and monitor the work of forensic investigators, interns and volunteers and facilitate training.
  • Investigate the cause and manner of death in cases of unattended natural death, accident, suicide, or homicide.
  • Assist the administrative manager with work plans, performance evaluations, and disciplinary actions.

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Experience Affects Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Salaries

Experienced
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National Average
$40,000
Entry-Level
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Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 10%