Forensics Salary for Lab Technicians and CSIs in Oklahoma

The field of forensic sciences is growing rapidly in Oklahoma.  The state’s Employment Security Commission projects job growth of 20.33% from 2008 to 2018.  According the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), two hundred forensic science technicians were employed in the state in 2012. 

Their salaries are listed below:

Oklahoma City
Average Annual Salary
Oklahoma statewide
Oklahoma City

The 2013 starting salary of one such position in the state was $59,721.  This was for a criminalist III level job that entailed having two years of experience as a forensic laboratory criminalist.

There are a number of forensic labs in Oklahoma.  The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) alone has five labs throughout the state located in the following cities:

  • Edmond
  • Enid
  • Lawton
  • McAlester
  • Tahlequah

In addition to their work in the lab, a number of forensic scientists specialize in processing crime scenes.  These crimes scene investigators (CSIs) document the scene of the crime and collect physical evidence.

CSIs positions can be filled by either sworn officers or by civilians.  A number of law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City Police Department, are switching to hiring civilian CSIs.  In this city, they are known as civilian investigation specialists or CISs.

The salaries of CSIs vary a great deal, depending on their level of education and expertise.  According to, the average crime scene investigator position in Oklahoma paid $52,000 in the year preceding October 2013.

Detailed salary information for all the forensic science technicians who worked in Oklahoma City is available from the BLS.  The following table offers a breakdown of wages by annual and hourly percentiles:

Area name
Annual mean wage
Oklahoma City OK

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