Forensics Salary for Lab Technicians and CSIs in New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects the number of forensic science jobs in the state to increase by 8.8% from 2010 to 2020.  Ninety such scientists were employed in the state in 2012 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

BLS data indicates that the average salary of a forensic science technician in New Jersey was $55,430 in 2012.  Experienced professionals in the top 90th percentile earned an average of $75,770 that year.

One major source of forensic scientist jobs in New Jersey is the Office of Forensic Sciences that is part of the Investigative Branch of the State Police.  It has four labs that are located in the following cities:

  • Hamilton
  • Hammonton
  • Sea Girt

The forensic office has specialties in the following areas:

  • Breath testing
  • DNA
  • Drug analysis
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Forensic serology
  • Toxicology
  • Trace evidence

Additional specialties offered by this bureau are crime scene investigation (CSI) units for the north, south, and central parts of the state.  They are headquartered in the following cities:

  • Buena Vista
  • Hamilton
  • Totowa

CSIs in the state can be either sworn officers or civilian employees.  Salary levels differ widely depending on the level of experience of the specialist.  Indeed.com gave the average salary for a crime scene investigator in New Jersey as being $61,000 in the year leading up to October 2013.

The BLS provides salary information for forensic science technicians as a whole whose jobs are located at the intersection of New York-White Plains and Wayne area.  Both hourly and annual salary percentiles are provided in the following table:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
New York-White Plains-Wayne NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
370
61720

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