The Washington Post published a report on Monday detailing the salaries of the forensic examiners employed by the FBI, which are paid based on the type of evidence they examine, as well as the type and number of pieces of evidence examined, as part of their duties.
The Post reports that the average forensic examiner is paid $174,500 per year, which includes a base salary of $125,000, which is adjusted to account for inflation based on CPI figures for the United States in 2013.
According to the FBI’s website, the forensic examination of evidence includes “interrogation of suspects, testing of physical evidence, physical evidence analysis, and analysis of DNA, fingerprints, and other physical evidence.”
The FBI said it “will continue to review the report and is continuing to work with our stakeholders to improve the salary and benefits of our forensic examinators.”
The report also details the FBI and other federal agencies that employ forensic examulators, including the Department of Homeland Security, which pays the forensic evaluator, as does the Justice Department, which employs the assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division.
The FBI’s Inspector General reported in 2015 that the bureau was in the process of revising the compensation structure of its forensic examinators.