Forensic DNA Analyst Salary

Forensic DNA Analysts in the United States pull down an average of $48K per year. Job satisfaction for Forensic DNA Analysts is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Female Forensic DNA Analysts far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,972 - $66,113
MEDIAN: $48,387

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$33,381 - $64,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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

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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 13%