Forensic Scientist

Within the Department of Justice, Forensic Scientists are employed within one of three Crime Laboratories in Madison, Milwaukee, and Wausau. These positions perform highly specialized forensic scientific testing, analysis and research work in one or more of the following areas of specialization for the purpose of analyzing and identifying materials, substances, chemicals, objects, devices, tools, machines and individuals connected to felony criminal investigations:


  • Controlled Substance AnalysisWoman Scientist in lab
  • Firearm and Toolmark Examination
  • Imaging
  • Fingerprint & Footwear Examination
  • DNA Analysis
  • DNA Databank
  • Toxicology
  • Trace Evidence Analysis




Depending on the needs of the laboratories, recruitment may be focused either at the Entry, Senior and/or Advanced levels. Qualifications vary among the different disciplines and are reviewed and set during the initial phase of the recruitment effort.  Entry-level Forensic Scientist positions have pay progression based on satisfactory performance and potential for career advancement. Starting salary is between $41,600 and $59,100 dependent on the candidate's background, training and experience.


For more complete information on the requirements of the position, download our brochure: Careers in Forensic Science [PDF]. 


To view current vacancies at the Wisconsin Department of Justice please visit  For more information regarding DOJ's fringe benefits, view the Employee Trust Funds Website