Crime Scene Photographer Salary

According to the International Crime Scenes Investigators Association (ICSIA), a forensic investigator salary ranges from around $20,000 to more than $50,000, depending on educational attainment, experience level and most importantly, location. This tallies with the salary of a crime scene photographer range from an entry-level forensic photographer, who earns around $14,640, while the average salary ranges from $24,040 to over $49,920 per year. Many people make work full time, while others contract with law enforcement departments on a part time basis.

Although a job in forensic photography is physically and mentally taxing, it promises a financially-rewarding career. It also offers career advancements and provides portals to other career options in the crime scene investigation field. At the end of the day, you will enjoy working as a crime scene photographer because of the sense of fulfillment from contributing to justice.

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CSI Photography Salary

Below you’ll find some of the annual average pay and salary for evidence photographers. While wages will vary from city to city you can see the averages in some select states around the country.

Crime Scene Photographer SalaryAnnual Average Salary
National$42,000
California$47,000
Texas$39,000
New York$49,000
Pennsylvania$40,000
Washington$46,000
Utah$38,000
Oregon$41,000
Arizona$39,000
Nevada$38,000
Florida$38,000
Illinois$44,000

* 2011 Crime Scene Photographer Salary data from http://www.simplyhired.com