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:
- Blood alcohol levels
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 Indeed.com, the average salary for a CSI in Delaware was $51,000 in the period from November 2012 to October 2013.