Salary for Forensic Science Technicians

Also known as:  Ballistic Technician, Ballistician, Ballistics Expert, Crime Lab Technician, Crime Scene Technician, Criminalist Technician, Fingerprint Expert, Forensic Analyst, Forensic Science Technician, Handwriting Expert

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Forensic science technicians examine crime scenes and collect evidence in manners which preserve the integrity of evidence. They may use chemical solvents and specialized equipment to determine the presence of fingerprints or biological data at crime scenes. these professionals take photographs of and recreate crime scenes for use in investigations. They may compare biological or fingerprint data found at crime scenes with existing databases, and serve as expert witnesses in trials. Some college training is required for this position.

A Forensic Science Technician receives wages between 48000 and 72000 depending on the level of seniority. Forensic Science Technicians will normally get an average compensation of Sixty One Thousand Six Hundred dollars annually.

Forensic Science Technicians have the highest average potential salary in Massachusetts, where they earn average pay of close to about $81950. This group of professionals can obtain the highest pay in Finance and Insurance, where they get average pay of $68170.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 29.54 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Forensic Science Technicians tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $68,170
Finance and Insurance $59,560
Public Administration $54,880
Health Care and Social Assistance $53,570
Educational Services $44,950
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $44,950
Health Care and Social Assistance $53,570
Public Administration $54,880
Finance and Insurance $59,560
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $68,170
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