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Forensic Science Technician Salary Information

The salary statistics of forensic science technicians are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of forensic science technicians within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The forensic science technicians annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Forensic Science Technician Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,880
25th Percentile Wage
$43,630
50th Percentile Wage
$57,850
75th Percentile Wage
$75,190
90th Percentile Wage
$95,600

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for forensic science technicians. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) forensic science technicians is $95,600. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $57,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,880. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 182% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of forensic science technicians from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$57,850
1.90% 8.66%
2016
$56,750
0.76% -
2015
$56,320
1.70% -
2014
$55,360
1.81% -
2013
$54,360
2.80% -
2012
$52,840
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Table 2. Forensic Science Technician Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of forensic science technicians in 5 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for forensic science technicians occupations is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector with an annual salary $68,540. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $29,180).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$68,540
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$60,940
Federal, State, and Local Government
$58,820
Health Care and Social Assistance
$40,630
Educational Services
$29,180

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Forensic Science Technicians by States

From the above tables we note that not only forensic science technicians salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of forensic science technicians in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $28,770 to $82,020. The highest paying state for forensic science technicians is Illinois with a median annual salary of $82,020. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $28,770. For more salary information of forensic science technicians profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Illinois
$82,020
California
$78,960
Massachusetts
$77,400
Iowa
$76,980
Nevada
$76,120
Connecticut
$74,830
District of Columbia
$74,710
New Hampshire
$71,750
Michigan
$69,680
New York
$68,790
Oregon
$68,430
Virginia
$68,120
Oklahoma
$65,050
Maryland
$64,230
Ohio
$63,100
Montana
$62,390
Colorado
$60,130
Minnesota
$59,880
Indiana
$59,390
Washington
$58,570
Arizona
$54,630
Hawaii
$54,580
New Jersey
$53,840
Mississippi
$52,470
South Dakota
$52,220
Nebraska
$52,130
Wisconsin
$51,450
Tennessee
$51,250
Delaware
$51,020
Wyoming
$50,650
Missouri
$50,560
Florida
$49,400
Texas
$49,160
Utah
$49,050
Idaho
$48,480
West Virginia
$48,060
Alabama
$47,780
Georgia
$47,060
Pennsylvania
$46,710
Louisiana
$45,150
Maine
$44,600
Kentucky
$44,390
North Carolina
$44,380
Kansas
$43,940
South Carolina
$43,840
North Dakota
$39,430
Arkansas
$37,980
New Mexico
$32,110
Puerto Rico
$28,770



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