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Forensic scientist salary in United States

How much does a Forensic Scientist make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $63,781
Low $42,908
High $94,808

The average salary for a forensic scientist is $63,781 per year in the United States. 139 salaries reported, updated at September 29, 2023

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Top companies for Forensic Scientists in United States

  1. Perspecta
    620 reviews8 salaries reported
    $90,234per year
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Highest paying cities for Forensic Scientists near United States

  1. Manassas, VA
    $77,233 per year
    8 salaries reported
  2. Austin, TX
    $73,975 per year
    16 salaries reported
  3. Meridian, ID
    $69,946 per year
    5 salaries reported
  1. Richmond, VA
    $67,606 per year
    16 salaries reported
  2. Anchorage, AK
    $67,377 per year
    7 salaries reported
  3. Fort Worth, TX
    $65,055 per year
    5 salaries reported
  1. Norristown, PA
    $58,225 per year
    6 salaries reported
  2. Dover, DE
    $55,647 per year
    6 salaries reported
  3. Laboratory, PA
    $54,230 per year
    8 salaries reported
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 53 ratings

57% of Forensic Scientists in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

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