Salary Guide: Forensic Science Technicians

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Forensic Science Technicians collect and analyze evidence from police investigations. Additionally they can be called to serve as experts on criminal trials. Nationwide there are over 12,000 Forensic Science Technicians who earn an average salary of $55,040.

Forensic Science Technician positions require some post secondary training or education.

Forensic Science Technician positions require some post secondary training or education, whether it be an associate degree or certificate in applied science or a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field. Technical institutes, vocational schools, and community colleges offer a variety of education options for the study of forensics and related criminal justice fields.

Learn about Forensic Science Technician programs in your area or online.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $54,050
Arizona: $54,580
Arkansas: $39,420
California: $67,720
Colorado: $56,680
Connecticut: $67,570
Florida: $47,270
Georgia: $48,440
Hawaii: $52,030
Idaho: $49,350
Illinois: $72,990
Indiana: $49,960
Iowa: $57,740
Kansas: $52,080
Kentucky: $42,290
Louisiana: $48,520
Maryland: $58,850
Michigan: $63,440
Mississippi: $51,410
Missouri: $46,240
Montana: $53,430
Nebraska: N/A
New Hampshire: $59,350
New Jersey: $50,330
New Mexico: $47,360
North Carolina: $43,900
Ohio: $55,000
Oklahoma: $55,050
Oregon: $57,080
South Carolina: $41,700
Tennessee: $44,530
Texas: $45,510
Utah: $42,920
Virginia: $69,860
Washington: $54,880
West Virginia: $37,610
Wisconsin: $47,270
Wyoming: $52,420

Salaries for Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: N/A
2. Los Angeles: $72,930
3. Chicago: $69,000
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $50,890
5. Philadelphia: N/A
6. Houston: $49,840
7. Washington DC: $85,390
8. Miami: $60,180
9. Atlanta: $50,610
10. Boston: N/A
11. San Francisco: $78,910
12. Detroit: $54,380
13. Riverside: N/A
14. Phoenix: $55,320
15. Seattle: $55,770
16. Minneapolis: N/A
17. San Diego: $65,750
18. St. Louis: $58,150
19. Tampa: $48,810
20. Baltimore: $54,650

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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