Forensics Salary for Lab Technicians and CSIs in Delaware

The employment levels of forensic science technicians are projected to increase nationally by 19% in the period from 2010 to 2020.  The main source of employment for forensic scientists in Delaware is the state’s two crime labs:

  • Delaware State Police Crime Lab
  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) Forensics Crime Sciences Lab

Forensic scientists are typically civilian employees.  Listed below are the 2012 salary ranges for the following state positions:

  • Forensic scientist I:  $37,125 – $45,878
  • Forensic scientist III:  $51,531 – $78,884

The employees of the state police’s crime lab include the following positions:

  • Forensic chemist
  • Forensic microscopist
  • Questioned document examiner

The specialties of the OCME lab in Wilmington include the following types of analyses:

  • Drugs
  • Blood alcohol levels
  • Arson
  • DNA

While many forensic scientists work as technicians in the lab, others are in the field processing crime scene evidence.  A crime scene investigator (CSI) position can be filled by sworn officers or by civilians.

In Dover, the CSIs are detectives.  They use a special evidence detection vehicle to collect vital evidence at crime scenes.  According to, the average salary for a CSI in Delaware was $51,000 in the period from November 2012 to October 2013.