Forensic DNA Analyst Salary

Pay for Forensic DNA Analysts in the United States sits in the ballpark of $50K annually. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 83 percent of Forensic DNA Analysts are female. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$37,716 - $83,437
$38K
$50K
$83K
MEDIAN: $49,877
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50%
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$14.00 - $29.75
$18
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,716 - $83,437  
   
Total Pay (?
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$34,028 - $77,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$18.00  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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$34,028 - $77,384  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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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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Key Stats for Forensic DNA Analyst

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %
Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Forensic DNA Analyst Salaries

Mid-Career
▲11%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
▼9%

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 4%
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