Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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
Geographic 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)
12,440 1.8 % $26.79 $55,730 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.48 $19.46 $25.41 $32.83 $40.97
Annual Wage (2) $32,200 $40,470 $52,840 $68,290 $85,210


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 7,640 0.14 $26.90 $55,950
State Government (OES Designation) 3,520 0.16 $24.57 $51,100
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 410 0.17 $31.92 $66,390
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 150 0.01 $45.58 $94,800
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 130 0.06 $19.81 $41,200

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 410 0.17 $31.92 $66,390
State Government (OES Designation) 3,520 0.16 $24.57 $51,100
Local Government (OES Designation) 7,640 0.14 $26.90 $55,950
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 130 0.06 $19.81 $41,200
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 150 0.01 $45.58 $94,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 150 0.01 $45.58 $94,800
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 410 0.17 $31.92 $66,390
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $29.65 $61,680
Local Government (OES Designation) 7,640 0.14 $26.90 $55,950
State Government (OES Designation) 3,520 0.16 $24.57 $51,100


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,730 0.12 1.27 $34.61 $72,000
Florida 1,450 0.20 2.09 $22.52 $46,850
Texas 970 0.09 0.96 $22.16 $46,100
Arizona 830 0.35 3.61 $26.41 $54,930
Maryland 650 0.26 2.72 $31.64 $65,810




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 260 0.40 4.19 $35.10 $73,010
Arizona 830 0.35 3.61 $26.41 $54,930
Maryland 650 0.26 2.72 $31.64 $65,810
Florida 1,450 0.20 2.09 $22.52 $46,850
Utah 200 0.17 1.74 $21.46 $44,630




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 260 0.40 4.19 $35.10 $73,010
California 1,730 0.12 1.27 $34.61 $72,000
Michigan 190 0.05 0.50 $33.97 $70,650
Massachusetts 60 0.02 0.18 $33.35 $69,360
Virginia 360 0.10 1.04 $31.90 $66,360





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 590 0.34 3.57 $27.11 $56,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.13 1.41 $38.09 $79,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 420 0.18 1.90 $35.82 $74,500
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 370 0.07 0.76 $29.67 $61,720
Baltimore-Towson, MD 320 0.26 2.70 $28.24 $58,750
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 270 0.48 4.98 $34.98 $72,760
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 260 0.22 2.35 $29.11 $60,550
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 240 0.11 1.13 $19.38 $40,300
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 230 0.09 0.92 $24.01 $49,950
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.14 1.46 $37.10 $77,160




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tallahassee, FL 190 1.20 12.51 $17.87 $37,170
Flagstaff, AZ 30 0.56 5.91 $30.12 $62,640
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 270 0.48 4.98 $34.98 $72,760
Tucson, AZ 150 0.43 4.50 $24.76 $51,500
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 60 0.43 4.50 $19.41 $40,370
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 130 0.38 4.02 $19.58 $40,720
Reno-Sparks, NV 60 0.34 3.55 $27.34 $56,870
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 590 0.34 3.57 $27.11 $56,380
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 120 0.28 2.93 $30.48 $63,400
Salt Lake City, UT 160 0.26 2.76 $21.79 $45,320




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 1.01 $41.93 $87,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.13 1.41 $38.09 $79,220
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.14 1.46 $37.10 $77,160
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.17 1.74 $37.05 $77,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 420 0.18 1.90 $35.82 $74,500
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 110 0.03 0.31 $35.37 $73,570
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 270 0.48 4.98 $34.98 $72,760
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.24 2.47 $34.90 $72,600
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 50 0.03 0.31 $34.29 $71,320
Stockton, CA 30 0.17 1.77 $31.03 $64,540


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013