Crime Scene Investigation in Pennsylvania

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Schools Offering Crime Scene Investigation Programs in Pennsylvania

Each year, approximately 0.0% of Pennsylvania graduates receive degrees in crime scene investigation. That means an estimated 192 crime scene investigators graduate from Pennsylvania's 19 crime scene investigation schools each year.

Top Schools

Drexel University, which was ranked 24th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a crime scene investigation program. It is located in Philadelphia. In 2010, 15 students graduated from Drexel University's crime scene investigation program. Tuition at Drexel University was $33,000 per year.

The second-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a crime scene investigation program is Duquesne University. Duquesne University, which was ranked 29th in the country in 2010, is located in Pittsburgh. In 2010, 32 students graduated from Duquesne University crime scene investigation program. Duquesne University charged in-state students $27,502 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Pennsylvania with a crime scene investigation program is York College Pennsylvania, which is located in York. In 2010, it was ranked 36th nationwide. In 2010, York College Pennsylvania graduated 6 students from its crime scene investigation programs. York College Pennsylvania charged in-state students $15,140 in tuition fees per year.


Tuition at Pennsylvania's crime scene investigation schools ranges from $34,536 per year to $13,250 per year. But, the average tuition is $23,575 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Pennsylvania crime scene investigation schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. University of Scranton - located in Scranton, students are charged $34,536 per year
  2. La Salle University - located in Philadelphia, students are charged $33,700 per year
  3. Drexel University - located in Philadelphia, students are charged $33,000 per year

The crime scene investigation schools in Pennsylvania that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College - located in Erie, students are charged $13,250 per year
  2. Central Pennsylvania College - located in Summerdale, students are charged $14,400 per year
  3. York College Pennsylvania - located in York, students are charged $15,140 per year

A crime scene investigation degree from a Pennsylvania school... what next?

The highest percentage of crime scene investigation graduates in Pennsylvania pursue careers as a crime scene investigator. In 2010, there were 3,260 crime scene investigators working in Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, the largest numbers of crime scene investigators work in the following counties:

  1. Bucks County - 1,710 crime scene investigators
  2. Allegheny County - 610 crime scene investigators
  3. Cumberland County - 250 crime scene investigators

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of crime scene investigators in Pennsylvania will grow by 15%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 3,550 crime scene investigators working in Pennsylvania.


On average, crime scene investigators earn $74,510 per year. In 2010, however, some Pennsylvania crime scene investigators earned as little as less than $28,110 per year or as much as more than $120,030 per year. The following counties in Pennsylvania have the highest average salaries for crime scene investigators:

  1. Bucks County - $79,370 per year
  2. Allegheny County - $74,700 per year
  3. Berks County - $72,910 per year

The Pennsylvania counties with the lowest average salary for crime scene investigators are:

  1. Lycoming County - $48,340 per year
  2. Adams County - $51,320 per year
  3. Clarion County - $57,590 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Pennsylvania statistics regarding a career in crime scene investigation and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as forensic science or crime scene investigation.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Crime Scene Investigation in Pennsylvania
  • Master's Degree in Crime Scene Investigation in Pennsylvania

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
5,591 miles from location Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park PA 51.8091 36% 45,185
5,443 miles from location Drexel University Philadelphia PA 75.5984 11% 22,493
5,699 miles from location Duquesne University Pittsburgh PA 70.5909 28% 10,294
5,442 miles from location La Salle University Philadelphia PA 33.3563 24% 6,470
5,484 miles from location University of Scranton Scranton PA 36.213 18% 5,811
5,524 miles from location York College Pennsylvania York PA 64.1973 18% 5,564
5,712 miles from location Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College Erie PA 33.057 40% 4,400
5,716 miles from location Mercyhurst College Erie PA 61.8953 31% 4,373
5,717 miles from location Gannon University Erie PA 29.6849 26% 4,238
5,443 miles from location Arcadia University Glenside PA 63.0925 17% 3,953
5,486 miles from location Alvernia University Reading PA 56.2709 26% 2,856
5,705 miles from location Waynesburg University Waynesburg PA 27.0886 29% 2,515
5,447 miles from location Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia PA 52.3727 17% 2,320
5,696 miles from location Chatham University Pittsburgh PA 27.4159 30% 2,219
5,445 miles from location Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Philadelphia PA 0.263078 n/a 2,201
5,675 miles from location Seton Hill University Greensburg PA 27.6437 26% 2,136
5,467 miles from location Cedar Crest College Allentown PA 59.7972 20% 1,887
5,538 miles from location Central Pennsylvania College Summerdale PA 21.7457 23% 1,216
5,535 miles from location Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Harrisburg PA 4.22185 n/a 216

Curious what studying Crime Scene Investigation gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Pennsylvania

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Detectives and Criminal Investigators + 3,260 $74,510 0.6%

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