The average pay for a Forensic Scientist is $51,027 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Molecular Biology and DNA. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
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$35,859 - $85,221
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MEDIAN: $51,027
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$15.32 - $33.13
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,859 - $85,221  
   
Bonus
$511 - $50,335  
Total Pay (?
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$35,791 - $83,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 180
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $33.13  
   
Overtime
$10.11 - $62.86  
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Bonus
$511 - $50,335  
   
Total Pay (?
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$35,791 - $83,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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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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 36%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Forensic Scientist Salaries

Molecular Biology
up arrow 37%

DNA
up arrow 10%

National Average
$51,000

Forensics
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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