Forensic Scientist Salary (United States)

With about two-thirds of Forensic Scientists reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $49,822 per year. The range in pay spans from $34,372 to $81,694 per year. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; nearly all receive both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. The majority of Forensic Scientists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Forensic Scientist Salary (?
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$34,684 - $82,930
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $49,266
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Forensic Scientist Salary (?
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$12.19 - $33.73
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,684 - $82,930  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,212  
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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$34,372 - $81,694  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 189
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $33.73  
   
Overtime
$12.25 - $50.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,212  
   
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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$34,372 - $81,694  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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Job Description for Forensic Scientist

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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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Experience Affects Forensic Scientist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 35%
Mid-Career
up arrow 12%
National Average
$50,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
54%
female alumni
 
Male
46%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%
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