How much does a Forensic Scientist make?

Updated Sep 14, 2021

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$60,103 /yr
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218 salaries

$41K

Low

$60K

Average

$88K

High

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The national average salary for Forensic Scientist is $60,103 per year in United States. Filter by location to see Forensic Scientist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 218 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Forensic Scientist employees.

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Quest Diagnostics
3.5

Quest Diagnostics

Forensic Scientist - Hourly

$23

 /hr
Range: $20 - $29
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$20

$29

$20 - $29 Range

Texas Department of Public Safety
3.5

Texas Department of Public Safety

Forensic Scientist

$53,548

 /yr
Range: $34K - $87K

$34K

$87K

$34,257 - $87,363 Range

NMS Labs
3.8

NMS Labs

Forensic Scientist

$58,898

 /yr
Range: $51K - $68K

$51K

$68K

$50,886 - $68,000 Range

Atlantic Diagnostic Laboratories
3.2

Atlantic Diagnostic Laboratories

Forensic Scientist - Hourly

$26

 /hr
Range: $25 - $29

$25

$29

$25 - $29 Range

State of Illinois
3.8

State of Illinois

Forensic Scientist

$98,082

 /yr
Range: $77K - $103K

$77K

$103K

$76,902 - $102,832 Range

PAE
3.2

PAE

Forensic Scientist

$47,000

 /yr
Range: $47K - $62K

$47K

$62K

$46,943 - $62,182 Range

Arkansas State Crime Laboratory

Forensic Scientist

$48,638

 /yr
Range: $43K - $71K

$43K

$71K

$43,369 - $70,759 Range

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Washington State Patrol
3.5

Washington State Patrol

Forensic Scientist

$72,858

 /yr
Range: $52K - $78K

$52K

$78K

$51,782 - $78,375 Range

Illinois State Police
4.2

Illinois State Police

Forensic Scientist

$80,420

 /yr
Range: $44K - $112K

$44K

$112K

$44,049 - $111,530 Range

WetStone Technologies
3.9

WetStone Technologies

Forensic Scientist

$81,135

 /yr
Range: $77K - $82K

$77K

$82K

$76,524 - $82,287 Range

State of Washington
3.5

State of Washington

Forensic Scientist

$75,299

 /yr
Range: $73K - $76K

$73K

$76K

$73,393 - $75,860 Range

Oregon Department of Transportation
3.7

Oregon Department of Transportation

Forensic Scientist

$68,201

 /yr
Range: $66K - $70K

$66K

$70K

$66,302 - $70,265 Range

Ohio Attorney General's Office
3.9

Ohio Attorney General's Office

Forensic Scientist

$65,316

 /yr
Range: $63K - $95K

$63K

$95K

$62,612 - $94,502 Range

Sorenson Forensics
2

Sorenson Forensics

Forensic Scientist

$49,378

 /yr
Range: $38K - $61K

$38K

$61K

$38,088 - $61,186 Range

Kentucky State Police
4.1

Kentucky State Police

Forensic Scientist

$42,791

 /yr
Range: $35K - $49K

$35K

$49K

$35,415 - $49,466 Range

Oregon State Police
3.1

Oregon State Police

Forensic Scientist

$80,935

 /yr
Range: $63K - $101K

$63K

$101K

$63,189 - $101,027 Range

2.9

Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences

Forensic Scientist

$50,000

 /yr
Range: $50K - $51K

$50K

$51K

$49,967 - $51,133 Range

Perspecta
3.5

Perspecta

Forensic Scientist
About 

$90K -$98K

$90K

$98K

$90,087 - $98,166 Range

City of Austin Texas
4

City of Austin Texas

Forensic Scientist
About 

$53K -$58K

$53K

$58K

$53,212 - $58,483 Range

State of Montana
4

State of Montana

Forensic Scientist
About 

$60K -$67K

$60K

$67K

$59,830 - $66,532 Range

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Frequently asked questions about a Forensic Scientist salaries

The national average salary for a Forensic Scientist is $60,103 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Forensic Scientist salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 218 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Forensic Scientist employees.

The highest salary for a Forensic Scientist in United States is $88,177 per year.

The lowest salary for a Forensic Scientist in United States is $40,967 per year.

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Recent Salary Reports

Below are the most recent forensic scientist salary reports. Employer name has been removed to protect anonymity.

$127,690
per year
A Digital Forensic Analyst in the Boston, MA Area area reported making $127,690 per year
Job Highlights
8-10 years experience
Boston, MA Area area
Freelance
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$71,000
per year
A Forensic Scientist in the New York City, NY Area area reported making $71,000 per year
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
New York City, NY Area area
Full-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Government
$68,000
per year
A Forensic Scientist in the Philadelphia, PA Area area reported making $68,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Philadelphia, PA Area area
Full-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$47,000
per year
A Forensic Scientist in the Dover, DE Area area reported making $47,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Dover, DE Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$80,321
per year
A Forensic Engineer in the New York City, NY Area area reported making $80,321 per year
Job Highlights
8-10 years experience
New York City, NY Area area
Full-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
$14
hourly
A Fingerprint Technician in the Baltimore, MD Area area reported making $14 per hour
Job Highlights
Baltimore, MD Area area
Part-time
 
1 to 50 employees
Company - Private
$79,806
per year
A Supervisory Forensic Chemist in the Buffalo, NY Area area reported making $79,806 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Buffalo, NY Area area
Full-time
 
501 to 1000 employees
Government