According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), forensic scientists had an annual mean salary of $55,040 in May 2010 (www.bls.gov). Most worked for local governments. As a forensic scientist employed by federal agencies, you'll typically earned higher wages than those employed by state and local agencies. In May 2010, forensic scientists who worked in the federal government had an average annual wage of $96,290, compared to those who worked in state government at $53,610 a year.
The BLS also reported that job prospects look favorable and this occupation is expected to grow by 20% between 2008 and 2018. The top paying states for forensic scientists are Illinois, Virginia, California and Connecticut.