Forensic Science Technician Salary

The average salary for a Forensic Science Technician is $39,867 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.

$27,145 - $60,756

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$12.48 - $36.00

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$0$22K$44K$66K
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$27,145 - $60,756  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
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$27,530 - $63,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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Hourly Rate
$12.48 - $36.00  
   
Overtime
$5.07 - $59.60  
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$0.00 - $5,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$27,530 - $63,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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Job Description for Forensic Science Technician

A forensic science technician often works for a police department. The position supports the forensic science unit with receiving, transferring, preserving, preparing, and analyzing the items collected in investigations. A forensic science technician examines evidence obtained from crime scenes and assists the lead forensic scientist with observations. Other duties for a forensic science technician would involve inputting the information into databases, classifying the evidence, and analyzing specific data given by the lead investigator.

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Forensic Science Technician Tasks

  • Write investigative reports.
  • Perform laboratory analysis on evidence and interpret data.
  • Testify in court and provide input for attorneys and officers.
  • Inspect and process evidence.
  • Prepare sketches, diagrams, run computer diagnostic and diagraming software.

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What is it like working as a Forensic Science Technician?

Forensic Science Technician in Nashville:
Pros: Deal with exciting topics. Make a difference helping to solve crimes.
Cons: Over worked and under paid, highly stressful workplace, work weekends, rarely given positive feedback from management. No clear opportunity for advancement.

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Experience Affects Forensic Science Technician Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 9%
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