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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Forensic Science Technician Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,860
25th Percentile Wage
$42,710
50th Percentile Wage
$56,750
75th Percentile Wage
$74,220
90th Percentile Wage
$97,400

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 $97,400. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $56,750. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,860. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 187% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of forensic science technicians from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201656,7500.76%6.89%
201556,3201.70%-
201455,3601.81%-
201354,3602.80%-
201252,840--

Table 2. Forensic Science Technician Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of forensic science technicians in 4 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 professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $59,130. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $36,340).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$59,130
Federal, State, and Local Government
$57,420
Educational Services
$51,240
Health Care and Social Assistance
$36,340

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 $42,230 to $76,590. The highest paying state for forensic science technicians is California with a median annual salary of $76,590. The lowest paying state is Maine with a median annual salary of $42,230. For more salary information of forensic science technicians profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$76,590
District of Columbia
$74,710
Nevada
$74,420
Michigan
$73,990
Connecticut
$71,990
Iowa
$70,680
New Hampshire
$69,970
Massachusetts
$68,900
New York
$66,790
Oregon
$66,760
Oklahoma
$65,050
Virginia
$64,920
Montana
$60,980
Washington
$59,450
Colorado
$59,250
Ohio
$59,000
Maryland
$57,830
Wyoming
$57,300
Indiana
$57,230
West Virginia
$56,500
Arizona
$54,220
Minnesota
$53,980
New Jersey
$53,580
New Mexico
$52,830
Wisconsin
$52,700
Missouri
$50,810
Hawaii
$50,720
Idaho
$48,320
Texas
$48,150
Utah
$47,790
Georgia
$47,060
Alabama
$46,610
Louisiana
$46,180
Florida
$45,200
Kentucky
$44,680
South Carolina
$44,040
Kansas
$43,940
North Carolina
$43,140
Maine
$42,230



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