Forensics Salary for Lab Technicians and CSIs in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services predicts that the number of forensic science technician positions in the state will increase 13.3% from 2010 to 2020.  Seventy-six percents of these jobs are projected to come from people leaving the workforce.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 310 people had jobs as forensic science technicians in the state in 2012.  Their average salary was $55,730 with those in the 90th percentile earning $78,760.  Salaries for selected cities in Ohio are listed below:

Ohio City
Average Annual Salary
Akron
$60250
Cleveland
$60940
Columbus
$53690

In 2013, a forensic scientist – chemistry position in Richfield paid from $47,299 to $76,107 a year.

Ohio has several crime labs, including those of the high profile Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Laboratory Division that processes more than 100,000 pieces of evidence a year.

Many forensic scientists work in the field instead of the lab.  They process crime scenes – documenting the site and preserving evidence for further analysis.  These crime scene investigators (CSIs) come from a variety of backgrounds.  Some are sworn officers who have formal law enforcement academy training, while others are civilians with college training in criminal justice or forensics.

Crime scene investigator salaries vary widely, depending on the type of the position and the background of the CSI.  The 2013 salary for a police evidence technician in Columbus ranged from $21,798 to $33,925 a year.

The BLS provides salary information for forensic science technicians throughout Ohio.  This data is provided in the table found below:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Akron OH
50
60250
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor OH
40
60940
Columbus OH
130
53690

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