How Much Do Forensic Science Technicians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Forensic Science Technicians

Forensic Science Technicians collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$64890 per year
Hourly wage
$31 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$36,630 to $46,460 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$18 to $22 per hour

Entry-level Forensic Science Technicians with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $36,630 to $46,460 per year or $18 to $22 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Forensic Science Technicians to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $49 $100,910
Senior (Top 25%) $38 $79,330
Middle (Mid 50%) $29 $60,590
Junior (Bottom 25%) $22 $46,460
No experience (Bottom 10%) $18 $36,630

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $42 $88,090
IL $41 $85,690
MA $38 $79,200
OR $37 $76,970
AK $36 $74,100
IA $35 $73,690
CT $35 $72,960
NH $34 $71,140
OH $34 $70,740
MN $34 $70,440

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Forensic Science Technician is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Forensic Science Technicians are in the states of CA, IL, MA, OR and AK.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $120790 $58.07
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $75720 $36.40
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $66040 $31.75
Local Government $65840 $31.65
State Government $64770 $31.14
Offices of Physicians $64200 $30.87
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $56240 $27.04
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $51660 $24.84
Individual and Family Services $49390 $23.74
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $47060 $22.63
Investigation and Security Services $29300 $14.09

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