Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does a Forensic Scientist make?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

Experience

Industry

$65,813 / yrTotal Pay
$61,034 / yrBase Pay
$4,779 / yrAdditional Pay

$65,813

 / yr
$42K$103K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Forensic Scientist is $65,813 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $61,034 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $4,779 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Related Job Titles

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Some related job titles are Forensic Science Salaries with median pay of $75,551, Lab Tech Salaries with median pay of $42,613, Crime Lab Scientist Salaries with median pay of $63,922, Criminalist I Salaries with median pay of $55,813.

Top Paying Companies

For a Forensic Scientist in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Forensic Scientist in United States. Employers include NMS Labs, Texas Department of Public Safety and PAE.

1
NMS Labs
NMS Labs
$90,659/yr
3
PAE
$82,914/yr
4
$82,244/yr
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Forensic ScientistSee 71 salaries from all locations

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$84,615

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$68,271

 / yr

$34

 / hr

$82,244

 / yr

$62,433

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Top Paying Industries

For a Forensic Scientist in United States

The top 3 paying industries for a Forensic Scientist in United States are Aerospace & Defense with a median total pay of $82,914, Healthcare with a median total pay of $77,199 and Government & Public Administration with a median total pay of $74,871.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Aerospace & DefenseAerospace & Defense$82,914

    6% Higher than other industries

  • HealthcareHealthcare$77,199

    0% Lower than other industries

  • Government & Public AdministrationGovernment & Public Administration$74,871

    4% Lower than other industries

Aerospace & Defense

The top paying company in Aerospace & Defense for Forensic Scientist is PAE.

PAEPAE$82,914/yr

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What is the pay outlook for Research & Science?

Research and science jobs offer pay well above the national average. Increased demand for STEM workers is increasing salaries in research and science. Jobs in these fields, however, often require higher education at the graduate level and/or specialized training. While domain-specific expertise gives workers in these fields access to very specialized jobs, there are also many employers who hire STEM workers for their general data and technology skills.

A Forensic scientist salary range in US can vary based on important factors such as education, skills, certifications, and years of experience. A Forensic scientist in US can expect to see an entry level salary range of $36,379 to $108,654 per year, based on 1,925 salary contributions. At the highest seniority level, an experienced Forensic scientist in US can make a salary range of $40,967 to $88,176 with at least 5 years of experience, based on 218 salary contributions. The top 3 companies in US where a Forensic scientist gets the highest compensation are Science Applications International Corporation, Inc., State of Washington and City of Durham, North Carolina. Bigger companies typically pay 35% more than smaller companies for a Forensic scientist.

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Total Years of Experience

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Submitted

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Forensic Technician

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$25

/hr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Computer Forensic Analyst

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$95,000

/yr

$80K | $15K

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Forensic Scientist

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$80,000

/yr

Submitted2 days ago

15+ years
2 days ago
Forensic Scientist

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$46,500

/yr

Submitted2 days ago

1-3 years
2 days ago
Forensic Chemist

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$64,000

/yr

Submitted2 days ago

4-6 years
2 days ago
Forensic Scientist

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$54,000

/yr

Submitted3 days ago

4-6 years
3 days ago
Forensic Chemist

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$48,000

/yr

Submitted3 days ago

4-6 years
3 days ago
Forensic Analyst

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$75,000

/yr

Submitted3 days ago

4-6 years
3 days ago

Forensic Scientist pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Forensic Scientist is $61,034 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Forensic Scientist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 387 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Forensic Scientist employees.

The highest salary for a Forensic Scientist in United States is $94,569 per year.

The lowest salary for a Forensic Scientist in United States is $39,390 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Forensic Scientist or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Forensic Scientist.