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 can receive an average pay level of between $36,630 to $100,910 depending on experience and education levels. will normally receive a salary of sixty-four thousand eight hundred and ninety dollars every year.

receive the highest compensation in California, where they receive average pay scales of close to about $88,090. They can get the best pay in Public Administration, where they can earn job pay of $65,890.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 21.16 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Forensic Science Technicians tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
$65,890
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$65,190
Health Care and Social Assistance
$52,480
Educational Services
$51,490
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$35,550

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$35,550
Educational Services
$51,490
Health Care and Social Assistance
$52,480
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$65,190
Public Administration
$65,890