The employment of forensic scientists is increasing in Kansas. According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the amount of forensic scientist jobs is projected to increase by 18.1% in the period from 2010 to 2020.
Sixty forensic science technicians were employed in the state in 2012 based on information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). They had an annual median salary of $56,760. Experienced professionals in the top tenth percent of their field made $74,410.
One of the main employers of forensic scientists in Kansas is the Forensic Lab Division of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. It is headquartered in Topeka and has offices in the following cities:
- Great Bend
- Overland Park
It employs specialists in the following areas:
- Questioned documents
- Latent prints
- Firearms and tool marks
In addition to jobs as lab technicians, many of the positions for forensic scientists involve crime scene analysis. Crime scene investigators (CSIs) occupy a variety of different type of positions. Larger departments have specialists in various forensic disciplines such as the processing of latent prints, the analysis of bloodstain patterns, or chemical testing.
Other CSIs document and preserve evidence from the whole crime scene. One crime scene investigator position in Olathe paid from $38,917 to $55,266 a year in 2013.
The BLS provides a detailed breakdown of salary data for the Kansas City metropolitan area. Hourly and annual percentiles are provided in the following table: