Forensic Scientist Salary

Average Forensic Scientists in the United States make around $51K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Forensic Scientists (63 percent) who took the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Read More
$36,084 - $87,316
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$87K
MEDIAN: $51,205
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$16.00 - $34.56
(Median)
$16
$23
$35
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$36,084 - $87,316  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,977  
Profit Sharing
$1,474  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$36,457 - $84,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.00 - $34.56  
   
Overtime
$14.64 - $60.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,977  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,474  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$36,457 - $84,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 74
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Job Description for Forensic Scientist

Forensic scientists use the scientific method to gather and analyze material to be used as evidence by law enforcement and in court proceedings. Forensic scientists work both in the field, where they are trained to recover potential evidence, and in the forensic laboratory, where they examine that evidence and make determinations regarding its provenance. They must always engage in research to stay up-to-date with advances in the field to produce written analyses of their findings, sometimes called Certificates of Analyses, and may be called on to testify as expert witnesses in a court of law; many also train law enforcement personnel regarding forensic evidence at crime scenes. Forensic scientists typically work for state and local governments, but may work at the federal level or for private providers of forensic services.

Read More...

Forensic Scientist Tasks

  • Prepare laboratory reports and may testify in court.
  • Collect, store, protect, and analyze physical evidence from crime scenes to aid investigation.

Forensic Scientist Job Listings

Search for more jobs:


Forensic Scientists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. DNA and Forensics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Scientist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Forensic Scientists. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $48K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $57K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Forensic Scientists make a median salary of $66K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $74K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Forensic Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Forensic Scientist Salaries

DNA
up arrow 1%

Forensics
0%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 4%
ADVERTISEMENT