How Much Do Crime Scene Cleaners Get Paid in Australia?
A crime scene cleaner (sometimes also referred as a Trauma Cleaner, or Forensic Cleaner, or Biohazard Remediation Technician) can work on different types of scenes such as homicides, suicides, decomposing bodies resulting from unattended death, industrial accident scenes, methamphetamine & drug lab decontamination, and other “trauma”.
Like any career, the wage of a crime scene cleaner can range significantly depending on training, experience or skill.
In Australia, the award rate of an entry trauma/crime scene cleaner is around $20.82/hr, and according to payscale, the average hourly pay is about AUD$23.40. However this is based on the cleaning industry minimum wage during the day. However, our specialised cleaners are generally paid at rates that far exceed these figures. Crime Scene and Trauma cleaners can be called at any hour of the day or night, and as such, they get rates for out of usual hours shifts and specific biologically hazardous situations. Pay rates will increases depending on experience and skill set. Fully trained Biorecovery technicians can easily make between $55,000 $85,000 depending on how many weekends or after hours shifts are worked. A forensic cleaner will often be required to stay overnight or for a week in small towns hundreds of kilometers from home to complete a trauma clean.
Crime scene cleaners who have IICRC accreditation, HAZMAT or other industry experience such as Applied Microbial, Flood Restoration, Mould & Sewage Remediation experience or a building trade background are highly sought after. Forensic cleaners don’t just wipe up blood, they are highly skilled in using trade tools and specialised equipment and different chemicals used in removing contamination from building materials.
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