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How will your crime scene investigation education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a crime scene investigation degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. There are 211 traditional crime scene investigation schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had crime scene investigation programs were:

  1. Boston University - located in Boston, Massachusetts
  2. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas
  3. University of California-Davis - located in Davis, California

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 2,367 students graduated with degrees in crime scene investigation. Of these students, 424 received certifications in crime scene investigation, 1,400 received an undergraduate degree in crime scene investigation, and 543 received a graduate-level degree in crime scene investigation.


Students can pursue education in crime scene investigation at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Crime Scene Investigation
  • Bachelor's Degree in Crime Scene Investigation
  • Master's Degree in Crime Scene Investigation
  • Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation

The skills and/or knowledge that crime scene investigation students can expect to gain during the course of their crime scene investigation education are:

  • Criminal Investigation
  • Fingerprint Analysis
  • Evidence Analysis
  • Crime Scene Photography
  • Observation


In 2010, crime scene investigation schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $19,830 per year. The crime scene investigation schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. Boston University - located in Boston, Massachusetts, students paid $38,440
  3. Northeastern University - located in Boston, Massachusetts, students paid $35,362

The following crime scene investigation schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Fayetteville State University - located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, students paid $3,177
  2. Florida Gulf Coast University - located in Fort Myers, Florida, students paid $4,437
  3. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526

How will your crime scene investigation job compare?

The highest percentage of crime scene investigation graduates pursue careers as crime scene investigators. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 110,640 crime scene investigators working in the US. The following states have the largest number of crime scene investigators:

  1. Texas - 15,940 Crime Scene Investigators
  2. California - 12,720 Crime Scene Investigators
  3. New York - 9,150 Crime Scene Investigators

Projected Growth

The number of crime scene investigators is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Colorado - 30%
  2. Arkansas - 29%
  3. Texas - 28%


A crime scene investigator in the US earns $64,058 per year on average. However, factors such as experience, location, or professional associations and certifications can cause the salary for a crime scene investigator to vary greatly. Approximately 10 percent of crime scene investigators earn less than $18,880 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $149,040 per year. Crime scene investigators in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Washington DC - $107,150 per year
  2. New Jersey - $92,190 per year
  3. Delaware - $91,910 per year

Crime scene investigators in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. North Carolina - $50,990 per year
  2. Arkansas - $51,950 per year
  3. West Virginia - $54,290 per year

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crime scene investigation?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 110,640 $73,010 29.8%
Forensic Science Technicians 12,390 $55,040 12.3%