Blood spatter analysts are professional forensic scientists who specialise in gathering data about blood patterns. This evidence often is crucial to investigations, as it can provide information about where trauma occurred and what might have caused injury. For those starting out in the field, pay is around £26,000. If you become well-established and known in the industry, you may be able to command a salary three to four times that amount.
The average wage for a blood spatter analyst at the time of publication was £39,650 according to the SimplyHired website. However, blood spatter analysts are classified as a subcategory of science technicians by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the bureau, in 2009, the average compensation for all forensic science technicians, including those working as blood spatter experts, was £35,776 annually, or £17.20 per year.
Blood spatter analysts usually make somewhere between £26,650 and £42,250 per year, according to 2011 data from the Frontstart website. Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that forensic science technicians in the lowest 10th percentile earned £21,385 a year, or £10.02 per hour, in 2009. Those in the 90th percentile made £53,943 annually, or £25.90 hourly. Susan White of the Kaycircle website presents an even larger range, indicating that rates can be as high as £104,000 for very experienced analysts.
Experience greatly lends to the credibility of a blood spatter expert. Those who have been in the field for several years thus make more than someone in an entry-level position. White claims that, in 2010, a starting blood spatter analyst made £27,300 annually. With five years of experience, compensation was £48,750. With more than 10 years in the field, typical pay was anywhere between £55,250 and £104,000.
Once you have worked as a blood spatter analyst for a while, you may be able to get additional compensation by finding additional work through independent investigation. You can get paid for testifying in court, as well as for occasionally lecturing and teaching. The Frontstart website asserts that analysts who pursue these paths have better compensation than ones who do not.