Average Forensic Scientist Salary

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The average salary for a Forensic Scientist is $53,951.
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$36k - $90k
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$34k - $90k

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Job Description for Forensic Scientist

Forensic Scientist Tasks
  • Collect, store, protect, and analyze physical evidence from crime scenes to aid investigation.
  • Prepare laboratory reports and may testify in court.

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Career Paths

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Popular Skills for Forensic Scientist

Skills in Forensics, DNA, Data Analysis, Forensic Toxicology and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Scientist

An entry-level Forensic Scientist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $48,742 based on 67 salaries. An early career Forensic Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,342 based on 161 salaries. A mid-career Forensic Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,910 based on 87 salaries. An experienced Forensic Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $71,859 based on 59 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $80,058.
Employees with Forensic Scientist in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 46.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Atlanta, Georgia (7.0% more) and Los Angeles, California (3.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Phoenix, Arizona (16.6% less) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3.8% less).

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