Forensics Salary for Lab Technicians and CSIs in Alaska

According to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 112 forensic science technicians were employed in the state in 2010.  They project that the number of jobs in this field will grow 3.6% from 2010 to 2020.

In 2011, 41.5% of the forensic science technicians in the state were at least 45 years old.  Eighty-nine percent of the new jobs that are projected to become available will be due to replacing people who will leave the workforce.

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The major employer of forensic scientists in the state is the Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory in Anchorage.  This lab has a number of sections that specialize in particular areas of forensic science.  These specialties include analysis of the following types of evidence:

  • Biological
  • DNA
  • Latent fingerprints
  • Firearms/toolmarks
  • Drugs
  • Blood alcohol levels

The state of Alaska provides the salaries of forensic scientists who worked for the Department of Public Safety in 2010.  They are listed below:

  • Forensic technician I:  $27,838 – $43,792
  • Forensic scientist III
    • DNA:  $63,192 – $74,026
    • Physical evidence:  $61,813 – $79,672
    • Chemistry:  $55,203 – $74,026

In addition to their technical expertise in the lab, many forensic scientists are crime scene investigators.  They preserve physical evidence in the field for future analysis.  CSI positions in Alaska are available to either civilians or sworn officers.

In Juneau, crime scene investigation is performed by police officers who have been specially trained in crime scene processing.  The salary for a police officer in Juneau ranged from $58,510 to $62,691 in 2013 (based on a forty hour workweek).