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What is the average salary of a forensic scientist?

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The average salary of a forensic scientist technician is $52,840 as of May 2012, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The number of forensic scientist jobs was at 12,900, as of 2012. The employment projection of forensic scientist technicians is expected to increase by 6 percent from 2012 to 2022. Law enforcement agencies and courts use forensic scientists to provide case evidence.

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Forensic scientist technicians could earn lower than $32,200 and could earn higher than $85,210, notes the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries will differ state to state, but states like California pay forensic scientists about $74,880 in annual salary, while Maryland annual salary for forensic scientists is about $65,800.

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