Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
15,970 1.7 % $30.05 $62,490 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.63 $21.32 $27.99 $36.75 $46.73
Annual Wage (2) $34,600 $44,340 $58,230 $76,440 $97,200


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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,520 0.17 $30.56 $63,560
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,480 0.21 $29.84 $62,070
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 670 0.24 $21.99 $45,750
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 260 0.02 $27.12 $56,410
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 250 0.01 $22.18 $46,140

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 670 0.24 $21.99 $45,750
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,480 0.21 $29.84 $62,070
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,520 0.17 $30.56 $63,560
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 260 0.02 $27.12 $56,410
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 140 0.01 $53.23 $110,720

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) 140 0.01 $53.23 $110,720
Scientific Research and Development Services 90 0.01 $41.11 $85,510
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,520 0.17 $30.56 $63,560
Offices of Physicians (8) (8) $29.94 $62,270
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,480 0.21 $29.84 $62,070


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 2,110 0.12 1.12 $41.00 $85,280
Florida 1,710 0.20 1.80 $25.39 $52,810
Texas 1,320 0.11 0.99 $28.53 $59,340
New York 840 0.09 0.81 $32.04 $66,650
Arizona 700 0.25 2.26 $29.28 $60,900




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)
New Mexico 250 0.31 2.85 $20.55 $42,750
Arizona 700 0.25 2.26 $29.28 $60,900
Kansas 330 0.24 2.19 $24.45 $50,860
Florida 1,710 0.20 1.80 $25.39 $52,810
West Virginia 130 0.19 1.73 $24.19 $50,320




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 450 0.08 0.69 $42.14 $87,660
California 2,110 0.12 1.12 $41.00 $85,280
Massachusetts 90 0.02 0.22 $38.19 $79,440
Connecticut 90 0.06 0.52 $35.56 $73,970
New Hampshire 40 0.07 0.62 $34.11 $70,960





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 960 0.16 1.42 (8) (8)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 640 0.07 0.61 $31.93 $66,420
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 510 0.25 2.24 $29.82 $62,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 440 0.14 1.28 $40.71 $84,680
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 440 0.17 1.53 $30.61 $63,670
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 410 0.11 1.04 $27.98 $58,200
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 380 0.13 1.16 $37.81 $78,640
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 360 0.37 3.37 $23.73 $49,360
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 350 0.07 0.67 $39.97 $83,150
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 320 0.24 2.19 $26.85 $55,840




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 130 0.73 6.63 (8) (8)
Santa Fe, NM 40 0.59 5.36 $31.09 $64,670
Charleston, WV 70 0.58 5.29 $20.98 $43,640
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 90 0.51 4.60 $22.37 $46,530
Flagstaff, AZ 30 0.50 4.51 $33.29 $69,240
Albuquerque, NM 190 0.48 4.35 $17.14 $35,640
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 360 0.37 3.37 $23.73 $49,360
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 130 0.36 3.28 $20.69 $43,030
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 80 0.36 3.28 $32.79 $68,210
Tucson, AZ 120 0.33 3.03 $27.16 $56,500




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-Oakland-Hayward, CA 240 0.10 0.88 $48.65 $101,180
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 90 0.09 0.81 $44.34 $92,230
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.17 1.58 $42.88 $89,180
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 60 0.02 0.21 $41.43 $86,180
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.05 0.43 $41.03 $85,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 440 0.14 1.28 $40.71 $84,680
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 350 0.07 0.67 $39.97 $83,150
Toledo, OH 40 0.12 1.12 $39.71 $82,590
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 380 0.13 1.16 $37.81 $78,640
Reno, NV 40 0.18 1.64 $37.45 $77,900


About May 2018 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.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019