Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

19-4092 Forensic Science Technicians

Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
12,870 1.9 % $26.47 $55,070 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.59 $19.39 $24.75 $31.84 $40.51
Annual Wage (2) $32,420 $40,340 $51,480 $66,240 $84,260


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Local Government (OES Designation) 7,140 $26.38 $54,880
State Government (OES Designation) 4,290 $25.51 $53,070
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 330 $27.43 $57,060
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 160 $44.28 $92,100
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 120 $28.52 $59,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 160 $44.28 $92,100
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) $37.60 $78,200
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 120 $28.52 $59,320
Insurance Carriers 40 $27.89 $58,000
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 330 $27.43 $57,060


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 190 $33.59 $69,870 0.306
Arizona 680 $25.78 $53,620 0.275
Florida 1,340 $21.59 $44,910 0.183
Maryland 420 $28.81 $59,920 0.169
New Mexico 120 $25.64 $53,340 0.155

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Massachusetts 40 $39.40 $81,950 0.014
Wisconsin 130 $38.02 $79,080 0.047
Kansas (8) $35.30 $73,430 (8)
District of Columbia 190 $33.59 $69,870 0.306
Illinois 690 $32.86 $68,350 0.121


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Topeka, KS 80 (8) (8) 0.774
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 120 $19.21 $39,960 0.349
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 520 $26.21 $54,520 0.293
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 40 $31.75 $66,030 0.254
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 270 $23.12 $48,100 0.237

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 400 $37.71 $78,430 0.176
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 100 $36.67 $76,280 0.100
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 $35.62 $74,090 0.054
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 240 $35.53 $73,900 0.169
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 380 $33.97 $70,650 0.095


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010