Forensic Science Salary

Answer 1: American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Income in the forensic sciences varies greatly depending upon your degree, your actual job, where you work, and how many hours you work. You may never "get rich" but you will have a good income. You will be satisfied with your job, knowing you are contributing to justice ? keeping the good guys on the street and helping put the bad guys in jail.

Forensic scientists work different hours, depending upon what they do. Some work in forensic laboratories and work 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday. Others work out in the field on digs and may work different hours. Still others are "on call" and work after their regular shift and receive overtime or compensatory (comp) time. Essentially every branch of forensic science offers opportunities for personal growth, career advancement, and increasing financial compensation.

Forensic Science Salary Answer 2: Information posted via the forensic science Q & A page

Crime Lab Analyst I $16.75 - $21.44 /hour

Crime Scene Analyst $31.87 - $36.49 /hour

Criminalist $5,000 - $7,000 /month

Crime Lab Director $58,000 - $76,000

DNA Analyst $62,000 - $75,000

Evidence Custodian $86,400 to $144,000

Firearms Examiner $2,000 - $5,000 /month

Fingerprint Technician $30,000 to $46,000/year

Forensic Autopsy Assistant $24.04 - $29.08 /hour

Forensic Autopsy Technician $4,000 - $5,000/month

Forensic Biologist $46,000 - $64,000

Forensic Evidence Technician $4,000 - $5,000 /month

Forensic Scientist $35,000 to $52,000

Law Enforcement Training Officer $22.00/hr - $30.00/hr.

Latent Print Examiner $108,000 to $158,000

Latent Print Technician $33,000 - $50,000 /year

Toxicologist $6,000 /month.

Trace Analyst $2,000 - $3,000 /month

Answer 3: Information posted via the forensic science Q & A page

(Forensic Anthropology Salary)

A recent nationwide survey indicates the following as salary ranges:

MA/MS degree: $40-50,000

PhD degree: $60-85,000


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