Forensic DNA Analysts in the United States pull down an average of $49K per year. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 82 percent of Forensic DNA Analysts are female. Almost all have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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MEDIAN: $49,140
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$37,181 - $72,259  
   
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$33,337 - $72,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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$18.00  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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$33,337 - $72,482  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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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Experience Affects Forensic DNA Analyst Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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