Forensics Salary for Lab Technicians and CSIs in Arizona

Arizona is a good state for employment in the forensic sciences.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) gave a high ranking to the state in two forensic science employment categories for 2012:

  1. It had the fourth highest level of employment of any state in the country.
  2. It was the state with the second highest concentration of jobs.
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In particular, the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale area had the greatest employment level of any metropolitan area in the country.  Five hundred and ninety of the 830 forensic scientists employed in Arizona in 2012 were located there.

These cities had the following ranking according to concentration of jobs:

  • Flagstaff:  Second highest
  • Tucson:  Fourth highest
  • Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale:  Eight highest

The average forensic science technician salary in Arizona was $54,930 in 2012.  Experienced professionals earned an average of $86,150 that year.  Information on the salary levels in selected cities for 2012 is listed below:

Arizona City
Average Annual Salary
Flagstaff
$62640
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale
$56380
Tucson
$51500

Forensic jobs continue to be available in Arizona, but they are generally due to the replacement of people leaving the workforce rather than to the creation of new jobs.  Workforce Arizona has projected the growth in forensic science technicians to be as follows for 2012 through 2014:

Arizona City
% Growth
Phoenix
3.89
Tucson
2.8

A subgroup of forensic science is crime scene investigations.  These professionals specialize in collecting forensic evidence at crime scenes.  A number of different types of positions fall under this classification.  A crime scene investigator can be a detective that has specialized in forensics or a civilian such as a crime scene specialist.

The salaries of CSIs vary widely depending on the person’s background and the type of job.  Examples in recent years have included the following salaries for crime scene specialists in 2013:

  • Mesa:  $38,459 to $51,771
  • Phoenix:  $35,547 to $51,605

The BLS has a provided a detailed breakdown of 2012 salary information for several cities in Arizona.  This is delineated in the table below:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Flagstaff AZ
30
62640
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale AZ
590
56380
Tucson AZ
150
51500

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