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Forensic Scientist Salary

Average Forensic Scientists in the United States make around $50K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up a slight majority of Forensic Scientists (53 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$35,361 - $85,037
(Median)
35K
50K
67K
85K
MEDIAN: $49,756
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$13.09 - $33.77
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,361 - $85,037  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,195  
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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$35,171 - $82,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $33.77  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $59.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,195  
   
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).
)
$35,171 - $82,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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Job Description for Forensic Scientist

Forensic Scientist General Job Description

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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 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 8%