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Forensic Scientist Salary

Forensic Scientists in the United States can expect wages of $50K annually on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Forensic Scientists (58 percent) survey respondents. Most Forensic Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,947 - $86,554
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$87K
MEDIAN: $50,062
10%
50%
90%

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$17.44 - $33.73
(Median)
$17
$23
$34
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,947 - $86,554  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,004  
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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$36,781 - $83,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$17.44 - $33.73  
   
Overtime
$16.50 - $60.40  
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 - $23,004  
   
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).
)
$36,781 - $83,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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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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Forensic Scientists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. DNA and Forensics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

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Experience Affects Forensic Scientist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 37%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Forensic Scientist Salaries

DNA
up arrow 4%

Forensics
up arrow 2%

National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 7%
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