Forensic Scientist Salary (July 2024) - Zippia (2024)

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Average forensic scientist salary

$71,351

$34.3 hourly rate

Entry-level forensic scientist salary

$45,000 yearly salary

Updated June 25, 2024

How much does a forensic scientist make?

The average forensic scientist salary in the United States is $71,351. Forensic scientist salaries typically range between $45,000 and $112,000 yearly. The average hourly rate for forensic scientists is $34.3 per hour.

Forensic scientist salary is impacted by location, education, and experience. Forensic scientists earn the highest average salary in Alaska.

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Forensic Scientist salary estimates from across the web

Based on the latest salary information compiled by Zippia, Salary.com, Indeed, SalaryExpert, Comparably and Payscale, the average salary for a forensic scientist typically falls between $57,072 and $109,980.

zippia

$71,351yearly

indeed[1]

$66,555yearly

comparably[2]

$71,591yearly

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$109,980yearly

payscale[4]

$57,072yearly

SalaryExpert[5]

$81,592yearly

Average forensic scientist salary by state

The average forensic scientist salary in Alaska, California, and Utah are the highest in the U.S. The lowest average forensic scientist salary states are North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Georgia.

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Highest paying states for forensic scientists

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Alaska$107,427$51.65
2North Dakota$93,411$44.91
3Utah$95,125$45.73
4Delaware$84,437$40.59
5Missouri$93,108$44.76
6Rhode Island$84,152$40.46
7Connecticut$84,806$40.77
8Maryland$83,622$40.20
9Nebraska$92,251$44.35
10Mississippi$92,744$44.59
11New Hampshire$81,629$39.24
12Maine$81,602$39.23
13Vermont$79,396$38.17
14West Virginia$81,730$39.29
15Ohio$81,506$39.19
16California$96,156$46.23
17South Dakota$73,015$35.10
18Nevada$80,884$38.89
19New Jersey$78,176$37.58
20Pennsylvania$75,069$36.09
21Illinois$76,390$36.73
22New Mexico$72,533$34.87
23Kentucky$77,448$37.23
24Massachusetts$83,021$39.91
25Montana$72,428$34.82
26South Carolina$74,029$35.59
27Minnesota$73,189$35.19
28District of Columbia$83,199$40.00
29Wyoming$66,733$32.08
30Washington$79,695$38.31
31Virginia$68,145$32.76
32Colorado$74,138$35.64
33Louisiana$73,384$35.28
34New York$68,400$32.88
35Oregon$69,903$33.61
36Wisconsin$65,360$31.42
37Arizona$68,826$33.09
38Hawaii$61,284$29.46
39Iowa$67,916$32.65
40North Carolina$53,766$25.85
41Idaho$61,392$29.52
42Indiana$64,603$31.06
43Texas$63,126$30.35
44Alabama$62,747$30.17
45Michigan$60,834$29.25
46Tennessee$53,864$25.90
47Kansas$50,487$24.27
48Georgia$53,100$25.53
49Arkansas$52,386$25.19
50Florida$49,050$23.58
51Oklahoma$53,170$25.56

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Highest paying cities for forensic scientists

The highest-paying cities for forensic scientists are Lincoln, NE, Bridgeport, CT, and Dover, DE.

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Lincoln, NE$92,039$44.25
2Bridgeport, CT$85,112$40.92
3Dover, DE$84,342$40.55
4Baltimore, MD$83,817$40.30
5Washington, DC$83,256$40.03
6Vancouver, WA$80,717$38.81
7Henderson, NV$79,881$38.40
8Henderson, KY$75,599$36.35
9Norristown, PA$75,452$36.27
10Aurora, CO$74,065$35.61
11Saint Paul, MN$73,308$35.24
12Glendale, AZ$68,996$33.17
13New Windsor, NY$68,276$32.83
14Richmond, VA$68,134$32.76
15Madison, WI$64,920$31.21
16Indianapolis, IN$64,444$30.98
17San Marcos, TX$62,809$30.20
18Meridian, ID$61,991$29.80
19Durham, NC$54,798$26.35
20Oklahoma City, OK$53,560$25.75

Forensic Scientist salary details

A forensic scientist's salary ranges from $45,000 a year at the 10th percentile to $112,000 at the 90th percentile.

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What is a forensic scientist's salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$112,000$9,333$54
75th Percentile$90,000$7,500$43
Average$71,351$5,946$34
25th Percentile$56,000$4,667$27
10th Percentile$45,000$3,750$22

Highest paying forensic scientist jobs

The highest paying types of forensic scientists are medical science liaison, senior scientist, and scientist.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Research Fellow$53,823$4,485$25.8859,746
Laboratory Analyst$44,024$3,669$21.1744,074
Research Chemist$75,843$6,320$36.4653,769
Chemist$64,961$5,413$31.2320,221
Microbiologist$54,620$4,552$26.2611,444
Fingerprint Technician$39,867$3,322$19.1723,737

Top companies hiring forensic scientists now:

  1. Quest Diagnostics Jobs (95)
  2. BAE Systems Jobs (17)
  3. PSEA Jobs (6)
  4. Minnesota State Fair Jobs (5)
  5. University of Wisconsin System Jobs (3)

Which companies pay forensic scientists the most?

Forensic scientist salaries at Alere and Abbott are the highest-paying according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, the average forensic scientist salary at companies like Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Inc. and Quest Diagnostics are highly competitive.

RankCompanyAverage SalaryHourly Rate
1Alere$99,228$47.71
2Abbott$93,960$45.17
3Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Inc.$86,830$41.75
4Quest Diagnostics$83,140$39.97
5RTI International Metals$80,603$38.75
6Pacific Architects and Engineers$74,715$35.92
7Arapahoe County$67,671$32.53
8Technical Associates$66,342$31.90
9Anoka County$65,250$31.37
10City of Scottsdale$64,693$31.10
11Washington State University$64,416$30.97
12SOS International$63,750$30.65
13Colorado State Express$63,040$30.31
14Minnesota State Fair$58,522$28.14
15University of Wisconsin System$57,622$27.70
16Alaska State Library$57,215$27.51
17Kelly Services$54,743$26.32
18The State of Oregon$53,882$25.90
19City of Mesa$53,289$25.62
20New York State Restaurant Association$53,280$25.62

Wage gap by gender, race and education

$78,000$77,000$76,000$75,000$74,000$73,000

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Forensic Scientist salary by industry

The average forensic scientist salary varies across industries:

  • The average forensic scientist salary in the health care industry is $81,611, the highest of any industry.
  • The average forensic scientist salary in the finance industry is $78,715.
  • Forensic scientists in the government industry earn an average salary of $53,275, the lowest of any industry.

Highest paying industries for forensic scientists

RankIndustryAverage SalaryHourly Rate
1Health Care$81,611$39.24
2Technology$78,715$37.84
3Professional$67,573$32.49
4Government$53,275$25.61

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Forensic Scientist salary trends

The average forensic scientist salary has risen by $9,904 over the last ten years. In 2014, the average forensic scientist earned $61,447 annually, but today, they earn $71,351 a year. That works out to a 7% change in pay for forensic scientists over the last decade.

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Average forensic scientist salary over time

Compare forensic scientist salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Forensic Scientist salary by year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2024$71,400$34.30+2.4%
    2023$69,700$33.49+1.6%
    2022$68,600$32.97+0.7%
    2021$68,100$32.75+1.9%
    2020$66,800$32.13+0.8%

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    Recently added forensic scientist salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    County of CuyahogaForensic ScientistCleveland, OH07/02/2023$62,337
    State of OregonForensic Scientist 1 (Forensic Scientist Entry Underfill Option)-Field Investigation and Latent PRSpringfield, OR06/30/2023$80,136
    State of MichiganForensic Scientist 9-P11-FSB/FSD/Lansing Laboratory-North/Toxicology UnitLansing, MI06/30/2023$47,195
    Colorado StateCBI Forensic Scientist (Biological Sciences)Denver, CO06/11/2023$89,232
    Indy govForensic Scientist-Drug ChemistryIndianapolis, IN06/09/2023$63,048
    Indy govForensic Scientist-Drug ChemistryIndianapolis, IN06/09/2023$63,048
    State of MinnesotaForensic Scientist 1Saint Paul, MN06/07/2023$56,396
    State of ArkansasForensic ScientistLittle Rock, AR06/07/2023$45,010
    State of WashingtonForensic Scientist 3 (In-Training) Materials AnalysisOlympia, WA06/07/2023$54,492
    State of ArkansasForensic ScientistLittle Rock, AR06/07/2023$45,010

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