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Crime Scene Investigator Salary Information

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The salaries of crime scene investigators usually depend on how much education and experience they have acquired. Average salaries for crime scene investigators are usually between $25,000-55,000 a year. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, a "forensic science technician" (a.k.a. a Crime Scene Investigator) is a professional employed to "identify, collect, classify, and analyze physical evidence that is related to criminal investigations". The Bureau of Labor Statistics listed the "forensic science technician" career as one of the fastest growing in 2008 and the number of crime scene investigators nationwide (both in the field and in the laboratory) increased from 9,800 in 2004 to about 13,030 in 2008. In 2008 the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the average hourly wage for a crime scene technician was $24.19 and the mean annual salary was $50,310. For the same period the top 10% of all crime scene investigators earned $76,440 a year and the lowest 10% earned $29,170 a year.

The following are some annual earning estimates for crime scene investigator careers based on recent job postings.
  • Police Evidence Technician I/II: $34,598 -- $67,197
  • Crime Scene Technician: $51,204 -- $63,444
  • Forensic Photographer: $45,780 -- $53,290
  • Criminalist: $65,645 -- $102,190
  • Latent Print Technician: $51,250 -- $66,851

Top Crime Scene Investigator Degree Programs

Kaplan University    Online

BSCJ - Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is designed to provide you with a solid foundation in criminal justice and a broad liberal arts education. The Web-based baccalaureate program combines the professional skills of specialized areas of criminal justice with research and analytical skills. As a graduate of this program, you may seek opportunities in law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, fraud investigation, or juvenile justice facilities.*

Study techniques for locating, collecting, and analyzing crime scene evidence used in courts of law. Identify boundaries of a crime scene and review the principles of searching the crime scene for specific types of evidence, identifiable forensic material, and other items of evidentiary value. As a graduate, you may qualify to pursue a crime investigation position in a law enforcement organization.*

*Kaplan University's programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in their field of study, or in related fields. However, the University does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all. Additional police academy training may be required for law enforcement jobs.

American Intercontinental University    Online

BS - Criminal Justice - Forensic Science

AIU Online is offering a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree completion program with a concentration in Forensic Science degree completion program for those students interested in pursuing career opportunities like Crime Scene Analyst, Non-Sworn Forensic Personnel and many others.

This degree is an accelerated program that can be completed online with great flexibility . AIU is aware that focused professionals need to keep their knowledge and expertise current with industry standards in order to be acknowledged for their accomplishments and considered for the future, so AIU degree programs are updated to keep pace with the ever-changing theories and practices of their respective disciplines .The AIU community believes it has a special commitment to support each individual's goals and emphasis on the educational, professional, and personal growth of each student.

This is a Bachelor's degree completion program and assumes that all associate-level requirements have been met through an associate degree or the equivalent.

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