Forensics Salary for Lab Technicians and CSIs in Maryland

Maryland is a good state for finding jobs as forensic scientists.  There are several reasons for this.

Forensic scientist employment level. Maryland had the fifth highest level of employment of forensic scientists in the county in 2012 according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Six hundred and fifty such scientists were working in the state in 2012.

Employment levels are expected to increase to even greater levels.  Maryland’s Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning projected that 81 positions would become open for forensic scientists in the period from 2012 to 2014.

Another factor to look at that shows the availability of jobs is the concentration of jobs in the state.  Maryland had the third highest concentration of forensic science jobs of any state in the county.  Approximately one out of every 4000 employees in the state was a forensic scientist.

Two cities in Maryland were in the top six metropolitan areas in the country with the highest concentration of jobs.  Baltimore was fifth, while Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick was sixth.

Forensic scientist salaries.  The Bethesda area had the seventh highest average salary for forensic scientists of any city in the country.  The average salary for the state and selected cities for 2012 is shown below, along with the average salary of experienced professionals in the 90th percentile of their wage bracket.

Maryland City
Average Annual Salary
Maryland-statewide
$65810
Baltimore
$57750
Bethesda
$72760

2013 salary information is available for specific forensic science positions in the state:

Maryland County
CSI Profession
Baltimore County
Forensic scientist-DNA/serologist

Montgomery County

Forensic scientist I

CSI salaries.  While many forensic scientists work as lab technicians, others work in the field as crime scene investigators (CSIs).  This involves documenting crime scenes and collecting physical evidence to preserve it for further analysis.

Crime scene investigator salaries can be variable, depending on the specifications of the job and the CSI’s level of experience.  Salaries also vary, because some CSIs are sworn officers, while others are civilians.  A crime laboratory technician I salary in Baltimore in 2013 ranged from $35,947 to $43,361 a year.

The BLS provides a detailed breakdown of hourly and annual salary percentiles throughout Maryland.  It is shown in the table below:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Baltimore-Towson MD
320
58750
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick MD Metropolitan Division
270
72760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
420
74500

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