Forensic Science Technician Salary

forensic-technician-salary-chart.jpgA forensic science technician is a professional who collects, classifies, identifies, analyzes and tests weapons, hair, tissue and other physical evidence that pertain to a criminal investigation. Forensic science technicians are often called on to testify in court as expert witnesses on either evidentiary or crime lab procedures. Some forensic science technicians are experts in fingerprints, graphology, ballistics and biochemistry. About 12,440 people are employed as forensic science technicians.

Salaries

The mean annual wage of a forensic science technician is $55,730 as of May, 2012. The lower 10 percentile made $32,300 while the upper 10 percentile made $85,210. Most forensic science technicians work in local or state governmental agencies, medical and diagnostic labs, the executive branch of the Federal government and hospitals that specialize in psychiatric disorders and substance abuse treatment. The federal government offers forensic science technicians the highest salary, with an annual mean wage of $94,800.

Location

Most forensic science technicians work in California. The number of forensic science technicians there is 1,730. California also pays the highest wage of the states at $72,000. It is followed by Maryland, which employs 650 forensic science technicians and pays them an annual mean wage of $65,810; Arizona, with 830 forensic science technicians earning an average of $54,930; Florida, with 1,450 technicians earning a mean wage of $46,850, and Texas, with 970 forensic science technicians earning a wage of $46,100.

Job Outlook

The job outlook for anyone who wants to be a forensic science technician is excellent. The job is expected to increase by 6 percent through 2018.

Forensic Science Technician Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $28,370 $40,700 $57,690 $41,750
Arizona $34,270 $50,790 $86,150 $54,930
California $43,290 $70,250 $107,000 $72,000
Colorado $41,640 $56,850 $77,820 $58,350
Connecticut $39,750 $68,140 $88,840 $65,200
Florida $28,520 $44,340 $69,800 $46,850
Georgia $21,610 $28,400 $51,790 $34,140
Hawaii $38,490 $47,090 $70,320 $50,560
Idaho $31,120 $45,540 $64,230 $46,620
Indiana $36,530 $52,070 $70,550 $52,340
Iowa $45,760 $59,180 $81,130 $61,320
Kansas $32,660 $56,760 $74,140 $53,370
Kentucky $32,240 $39,920 $50,420 $40,870
Louisiana $31,330 $43,420 $63,900 $45,520
Maine $28,260 $42,440 $59,060 $43,610
Maryland $44,100 $63,260 $93,420 $65,810
Massachusetts $35,280 $66,460 $91,550 $69,360
Michigan $38,230 $65,970 $159,640 $70,650
Minnesota $39,630 $51,750 $62,170 $51,740
Missouri $28,360 $45,270 $65,970 $45,850
Montana $36,560 $57,240 $74,770 $56,450
Nevada $42,240 $59,680 $93,020 $64,450
New Hampshire $48,990 $63,140 $74,990 $62,130
New Jersey $37,180 $52,150 $75,770 $55,430
New Mexico $31,730 $53,570 $69,260 $51,450
New York $41,840 $60,130 $84,250 $60,760
North Carolina $33,000 $41,610 $61,760 $45,480
Ohio $35,490 $53,260 $78,760 $55,730
Oklahoma $34,450 $64,390 $73,940 $59,170
Oregon $38,040 $57,620 $76,500 $58,140
South Carolina $22,480 $41,490 $70,790 $44,750
Texas $30,750 $42,650 $69,550 $46,100
Utah $27,620 $43,670 $61,360 $44,630
Virginia $36,650 $65,190 $97,310 $66,360
Washington $33,630 $54,700 $75,560 $54,990
West Virginia $23,650 $36,500 $50,100 $37,800
Wisconsin $34,510 $57,480 $73,250 $55,070
Wyoming $38,310 $64,980 $81,530 $58,030