Forensic DNA Analyst Salary

Forensic DNA Analysts in the United States take home approximately $49K per year on average. Women make up the vast majority of Forensic DNA Analysts (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,374 - $67,529
MEDIAN: $48,969

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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Job Description for Forensic DNA Analyst

A forensic DNA analyst is a scientist that plays an important role in criminal investigations. The DNA analyst can generally divide his or her work into two processes. First, he or she conducts chemical and genetic analysis on samples provided by police and crime scene investigators. After completing this initial phase, the analyst uses the findings to create a genetic profile of the person or persons who fit within the DNA findings. These findings are usually enumerated in a report for investigators, and the analyst may be required to testify about their contents at a trial. Throughout all processes, the forensic DNA analyst works to ensure that all custody procedures are documented and carefully followed, in order to prevent contamination.


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.


84 %
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
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20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 13%