Forensic Scientist Salary

The average pay for a Forensic Scientist is $50,337 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$35,857 - $87,069

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$17.69 - $33.81

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Salary
$35,857 - $87,069  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,323  
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$36,800 - $83,875  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 177
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$17.69 - $33.81  
   
Overtime
$14.81 - $59.23  
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$0.00 - $23,323  
   
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).
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$36,800 - $83,875  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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.

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Forensic Scientist Tasks

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Scientist

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

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Experience Affects Forensic Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 35%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Forensic Scientist Salaries

DNA
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Forensics
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National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 7%
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