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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Forensic Science Technicians
Industry profile for Forensic Science Technicians
Geographic profile for Forensic Science Technicians

National estimates for Forensic Science Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Forensic Science Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
16,640 1.5 % $ 31.20 $ 64,890 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Forensic Science Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.61 $ 22.33 $ 29.13 $ 38.14 $ 48.51
Annual Wage (2) $ 36,630 $ 46,460 $ 60,590 $ 79,330 $ 100,910


Industry profile for Forensic Science Technicians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Forensic Science Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 9,970 0.18 $ 31.65 $ 65,840
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 4,630 0.21 $ 31.14 $ 64,770
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 550 0.04 $ 31.75 $ 66,040
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 510 0.19 $ 22.63 $ 47,060
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 230 0.01 $ 24.84 $ 51,660

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Forensic Science Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 4,630 0.21 $ 31.14 $ 64,770
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 510 0.19 $ 22.63 $ 47,060
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 9,970 0.18 $ 31.65 $ 65,840
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 550 0.04 $ 31.75 $ 66,040
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 230 0.01 $ 24.84 $ 51,660

Top paying industries for Forensic Science Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 110 0.01 $ 58.07 $ 120,790
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 70 (7) $ 36.40 $ 75,720
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 550 0.04 $ 31.75 $ 66,040
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 9,970 0.18 $ 31.65 $ 65,840
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 4,630 0.21 $ 31.14 $ 64,770


Geographic profile for Forensic Science Technicians:

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





States with the highest employment level in Forensic Science Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,270 0.14 1.16 $ 42.35 $ 88,090
Florida 1,730 0.20 1.71 $ 26.23 $ 54,570
Texas 1,580 0.13 1.09 $ 29.39 $ 61,120
New York 910 0.10 0.87 $ 33.05 $ 68,750
Arizona 680 0.24 2.01 $ 30.35 $ 63,130




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Forensic Science Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 390 0.31 2.61 $ 31.82 $ 66,180
Kansas 410 0.31 2.55 $ 24.93 $ 51,850
New Mexico 220 0.28 2.37 $ 21.27 $ 44,250
Arizona 680 0.24 2.01 $ 30.35 $ 63,130
Florida 1,730 0.20 1.71 $ 26.23 $ 54,570




Top paying states for Forensic Science Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,270 0.14 1.16 $ 42.35 $ 88,090
Illinois 490 0.09 0.73 $ 41.20 $ 85,690
Massachusetts 90 0.03 0.21 $ 38.08 $ 79,200
Oregon 250 0.14 1.16 $ 37.01 $ 76,970
Alaska 50 0.16 1.35 $ 35.63 $ 74,100





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Forensic Science Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,030 0.18 1.48 $ 45.22 $ 94,060
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 680 0.08 0.64 $ 33.30 $ 69,270
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 570 0.19 1.61 $ 35.74 $ 74,330
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 470 0.22 1.85 $ 31.24 $ 64,980
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 450 0.18 1.51 $ 31.32 $ 65,140
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 440 0.17 1.39 $ 24.45 $ 50,860
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 400 0.09 0.77 $ 39.72 $ 82,620
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 370 0.10 0.87 $ 29.31 $ 60,970
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 370 0.12 1.01 $ 43.15 $ 89,750
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 340 0.26 2.21 $ 26.70 $ 55,530




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Forensic Science Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Topeka, KS 80 0.74 6.23 $ 30.08 $ 62,560
Tallahassee, FL 120 0.72 6.03 $ 23.38 $ 48,620
Santa Fe, NM 30 0.59 4.96 $ 32.40 $ 67,390
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 90 0.47 3.92 $ 33.39 $ 69,450
Ocala, FL 50 0.46 3.83 $ 23.36 $ 48,590
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 80 0.43 3.58 $ 24.17 $ 50,280
Tucson, AZ 160 0.43 3.56 $ 28.17 $ 58,600
Albuquerque, NM 160 0.42 3.52 $ 17.79 $ 37,010
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 140 0.42 3.50 $ 21.27 $ 44,250
Reno, NV 90 0.38 3.20 $ 32.35 $ 67,300




Top paying metropolitan areas for Forensic Science Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 220 0.10 0.80 $ 51.14 $ 106,360
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.20 1.64 $ 46.04 $ 95,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,030 0.18 1.48 $ 45.22 $ 94,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 370 0.12 1.01 $ 43.15 $ 89,750
Toledo, OH 40 0.14 1.16 $ 43.13 $ 89,710
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 110 0.12 0.97 $ 42.51 $ 88,420
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 60 0.02 0.20 $ 41.08 $ 85,450
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.05 0.43 $ 40.13 $ 83,460
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 400 0.09 0.77 $ 39.72 $ 82,620
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 160 0.11 0.94 $ 39.20 $ 81,530

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Forensic Science Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 1.67 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Forensic Science Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 1.67 (8) (8)


About May 2020 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021