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Forensic Scientist Salary

$67,886 (USD)

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Last updated: June 24, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Forensic Scientist is $67,886 a year and $33 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Forensic Scientist is between $48,758 and $83,703. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a Forensic Scientist. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

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Job Summary

  • Investigates crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence.
  • Applies scientific principles to analysis, identification, and classification of devices, chemical and physical substances, materials, liquids, or other physical evidence related to criminology, law enforcement, or investigative work.
  • Searches for, secures, photographs, and preserves evidence.
  • Performs variety of analytical examinations, utilizing chemistry, physics, mechanics, and other sciences.
Forensic Scientist Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Sociologists

Job family population: 2,770

Estimated population of Forensic Scientist jobs: 1,145

Rate of error: 5.6%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



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Description: The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2), the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles (10.1 million km2). With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Forty...

Forensic Scientist Job Listings for United States

Laboratory Accreditation Specialist 1
Jun 14
Albany, NY, USA
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
... on Forensic Science. The duties of the LAS 1 will include assisting the LAS 2 in the review of accreditation documentation submitted by forensic laboratories; resolving issues with non-conforming ...
Upper School Science Teacher
May 14
Las Vegas, NV, USA
The Adelson Educational Campus - Upper School
Experience teaching forensic science or space science is a plus. Responsibilities: • Develop and implement a curriculum and lesson plans that will foster knowledge and skills essential to ...
Project Manager (Top Secret)
May 30
Washington, DC, USA
The Ravens Group, Inc.
Must have at least five (5) years' experience in forensic science process analysis with proven ability to identify and resolve problems and make beneficial recommendations based on analysis findings
Polarized Light Microscopy Analyst
Apr 22
Oklahoma City, OK, USA
QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC
Geology, Forensic Science or other Science background preferred. Laboratory experience a plus. Excellent benefits, competitive wages. Reports to Lab Manager Job Duties: * Prep samples * Analyze Data ...
Forensic Specimen Accessioner (5:30am to 2pm)
Jun 24
Saint Paul, MN, USA
Prestige Staffing 1
Forensic Specimen Accessioner works in a fast-paced, production type environment performing a vital component of medical laboratory science. Receive on the job training for the pre-analytical ...
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