Average Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Salary

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The average salary for a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) is $45,816.
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$33k - $77k
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$32k - $75k

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Job Description for Crime Scene Investigator (CSI)

Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Tasks
  • Investigate the cause and manner of death in cases of unattended natural death, accident, suicide, or homicide.
  • Assist the administrative manager with work plans, performance evaluations, and disciplinary actions.
  • Supervise and monitor the work of forensic investigators, interns and volunteers and facilitate training.
  • Determine what scenes to investigate and what evidence to examine and/or collect while conducting follow up on each case.
  • Conduct interviews with family members, law enforcement personnel, medical professionals and others regarding circumstances of death.

Career Paths

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Crime Scene Investigator (CSI)
Fraud Investigator
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Popular Skills for Crime Scene Investigator (CSI)

Skills in Forensics, Criminal and Medical Photography are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis and Training.

Pay by Experience Level for Crime Scene Investigator (CSI)

An entry-level Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $41,512 based on 52 salaries. An early career Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $44,574 based on 135 salaries. A mid-career Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,668 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,923 based on 41 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $52,830.
Employees with Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 18.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Miami, Florida (16.8% more) and Houston, Texas (9.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Florida, Florida (23.6% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (12.7% less).

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