$53,203
Avg. Salary
$22.22
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,526

Bonus

$500

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Forensic Scientist is $22.22 per hour.

The average pay for a Forensic Scientist is $53,203 per year.

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MEDIAN $53,203
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Salary $36,182 - $90,878
Bonus $242 - $20,729
Profit Sharing $500
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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$34,231 - $90,508
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 299
Hourly Data $0$59
Hourly Rate $13.30 - $30.81
Overtime $4.00 - $59.84
Annual Data $0$90K
Bonus $242 - $20,729
Profit Sharing $500
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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$34,231 - $90,508
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 105

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

Forensic Scientist Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Forensic Scientist

Pay by Experience for a Forensic Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Forensic Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 147 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Forensic Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 61 salaries. An experienced Forensic Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 34 salaries. A Forensic Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 16 salaries.

Forensic Scientist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Forensic Scientist?

Forensic Scientist in Los Angeles:
"Stressful, satisfying, but no room to grow."
Pros: We have team huddles where we review what is successful and problems on our shift. It is addressed right away and resolved quickly.
Cons: Stress of deadlines. No room for errors. Long hours and breaks are mucromanaged

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Key Stats for Forensic Scientist

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Forensic Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
▲34%

Experienced
▲24%

Mid-Career
▲16%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
▼7%

Skills That Affect Forensic Scientist Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Molecular Biology
▼1%

DNA
▼9%

Forensics
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 15%