According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), seventy forensic scientists worked in Hawaii in 2012. Their average salary was $50,560 a year with those in the top tenth percent of their field earning $70,320 annually.
Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism projects that eleven forensic scientist jobs will become available during the ten year period from 2011 to 2021. Sixty four percent of these jobs are expected to come as replacement for people leaving the workforce rather than due to the creation of new jobs.
Information on forensic scientist salaries by area is available for the year leading up to October 2013 from Indeed.com. Forensic scientists in Hawaii earned the following average salary over the preceding year:
- Honolulu: $41,000
- Maui County: $41,000
Forensic scientists generally work either as lab technicians or in the field as crime scene investigators (CSIs). This typically involves documenting a crime scene and preserving physical evidence for further analysis.
Crime scene investigator positions can be a number of different types. Some law enforcement agencies use sworn officers as investigators. They work a case from the scene of the crime through the defendant’s appearance in court.
Other departments hire civilians to be CSIs. They may be responsible for all of the analysis at a crime scene or they may specialize in areas such as latent fingerprint analysis. Another term for a CSI is a police evidence specialist. This type of civilian position paid a starting wage of $38,988 a year in Honolulu in 2013.