Forensics Salary for Lab Technicians and CSIs in Missouri

Job growth in the field of forensic sciences is promising in Missouri.  The state’s Department of Economic Development projects an increase of 14.89% in the availability of forensic science jobs from 2010 to 2020.  Of the 188 jobs they expect to become available during this ten year period, 74% are expected to be due to the replacement of people leaving the workforce.

In 2012, there were 320 forensic science technicians employed in Missouri according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The annual median wage throughout the state was $45,270 in 2012.  Those in the top 90th percentile of their wage bracket made an average of $65,970 that year.

The salaries for forensic science technicians in selected cities in Missouri are listed below:

Missouri City
Median Salary
Kansas City
St. Louis

Lab technicians in forensics frequently specialize in areas such as:

  • Biology/DNA
  • Firearms
  • Latent fingerprints
  • Toxicology

A criminalist specializing in toxicology earned from $48,040 to $52,176 a year in 2013 in Springfield.

Other types of jobs for forensic scientists include processing the evidence at crime scenes to preserve it for further analysis.  Such crime scene investigators (CSIs) can be either police officers or detectives with training in forensics or they can be civilians who have some educational background in forensics or criminal justice.

Salaries vary for CSIs depending on their level of experience.  According to, the average salary for a crime scene investigator in Missouri was $56,000 in the period from September 2012 to October 2013.

The BLS provides a detailed analysis of the 2012 salaries of forensic science technicians in selected cities of Missouri.  A breakdown of wages by hourly and annual percentiles is shown below:

Area name
Annual mean wage
Kansas City MO-KS
St. Louis MO-IL

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