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How much money does a Crime Scene Investigator make?

I know that people who work in this field tend to work irregular hours so the amount that certain individuals are paid may vary. Some work very few hours whereas others work many hours including evenings and weekends. I would not mind working a lot of hours as long as i get paid a decent amount of money. Specifically, how much money do people earn to start compared to how much they make after years of working in that field? #crime #investigator #scene

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[Disclaimer: I am not a forensic scientist]


The compensation for this field is largely in-line with other front-line law enforcement positions. As you said, it will differ based on the specifics of your position. A good ballpark would be something like an entry-level position at around $30,000-40,000 annual salary, increasing based on your rank and experience to upper-double-digit-thousands. Obviously the salary is going to be lower in certain cities and higher in others, just as the cost of living will be higher or lower. It could be a good idea to calculate the amount of money you would be able to save based on the cost of living in the type of city where you plan to live.


Just to give a little bit of backup: You can check out some examples of job offers for CSI roles here, and look at the compensation sections of each position to get an idea of what the compensation looks like. Using this position in Minneapolis as an example, your entry-level annual salary would be up to $40,000 (assuming a 40-hour workweek for ~50 weeks per year).

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Thank you comment icon well i see movies and their job seems kind of cool to do but this is one of my choices to do though but thank you Mia
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