Forensic Scientist Salary

Forensic Scientists in the United States can expect wages of $50K per year on average. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. For the most part, Forensic Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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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  
Total Pay (?
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$36,800 - $83,875  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 177
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Hourly Rate
$17.69 - $33.81  
   
Overtime
$14.81 - $59.23  
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Bonus
$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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Professional skills reported by Forensic Scientists are few in number. 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.


Forensic Scientists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $48K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $55K. Forensic Scientists see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $71K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 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
up arrow 3%

Forensics
up arrow 2%

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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