Forensics Salary for Lab Technicians and CSIs in North Carolina

North Carolina’s Department of Commerce estimates a rapid growth in forensic science technician positions in the state.  They project that the number of these jobs will increase by 25.5% over the period from 2010 to 2020.  Sixty-six percent of these jobs are projected to come from people leaving the workforce, with the remaining third are expected to be due to the creation of new positions.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicated that North Carolina had 440 forensic science technicians employed in 2012.  The salaries of these employees from that year are listed below:

North Carolina City
Average Annual Salary
North Carolina-statewide
$45480
Charlotte
$46700
Raleigh
$44580

A number of forensic positions were advertised in the state that paid from $41,667 to $68,177 a year.  They are listed below:

  • Forensic scientist I – digital evidence
  • Forensic scientist I – drug chemistry
  • Forensic scientist I – forensic biology
  • Forensic scientist I – latent evidence

In addition to working as technicians in a lab, some forensic scientists specialize in processing evidence at crime scenes.  These crime scene investigators (CSIs) can be either sworn officers or civilians, depending on the agency.

The salary of a CSI can vary greatly, depending on the level of education and expertise of the individual.  One such crime scene investigator position as an evidence technician in Buncombe County paid from $33,190 to $52,063 a year in 2013.

Information on the annual and hourly wage percentiles of forensic science technicians in various parts of the state is provided by the BLS.  It is shown in the following table:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
160
46700
Raleigh-Cary NC
100
44580
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
80
54070

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