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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
16,520 1.3 % $30.37 $63,170 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.13 $21.72 $28.44 $37.12 $46.80
Annual Wage (2) $35,620 $45,180 $59,150 $77,200 $97,350


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) 9,790 0.18 $31.11 $64,700
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,690 0.22 $30.04 $62,470
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 630 0.23 $21.53 $44,790
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 380 0.03 $27.88 $57,990
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 230 0.01 $22.78 $47,370

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 630 0.23 $21.53 $44,790
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,690 0.22 $30.04 $62,470
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,790 0.18 $31.11 $64,700
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 380 0.03 $27.88 $57,990
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 130 0.01 $53.45 $111,180

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) 130 0.01 $53.45 $111,180
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $38.45 $79,970
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,790 0.18 $31.11 $64,700
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 40 (7) $30.46 $63,350
Offices of Physicians (8) (8) $30.16 $62,730


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 2,150 0.12 1.10 $41.92 $87,200
Florida 1,680 0.19 1.70 $26.20 $54,490
Texas 1,480 0.12 1.06 $28.87 $60,040
New York 860 0.09 0.80 $32.69 $68,000
Arizona 700 0.24 2.17 $29.72 $61,820




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 240 0.29 2.58 $20.85 $43,370
Kansas 400 0.29 2.54 $24.26 $50,460
Nevada 380 0.27 2.43 $30.80 $64,070
Arizona 700 0.24 2.17 $29.72 $61,820
Florida 1,680 0.19 1.70 $26.20 $54,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,150 0.12 1.10 $41.92 $87,200
Illinois 410 0.07 0.60 $39.49 $82,130
Massachusetts 80 0.02 0.21 $37.00 $76,950
Alaska 50 0.16 1.43 $34.80 $72,380
Virginia 440 0.11 1.02 $33.30 $69,260





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 970 0.16 1.38 (8) (8)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 670 0.07 0.61 $32.63 $67,880
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 490 0.23 2.06 $30.37 $63,160
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 470 0.15 1.36 $37.10 $77,160
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 460 0.18 1.56 $30.87 $64,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 450 0.14 1.26 $40.93 $85,140
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 410 0.15 1.33 $23.89 $49,690
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 390 0.11 0.94 $28.27 $58,800
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 330 0.33 2.95 $25.58 $53,200
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 330 0.07 0.63 $37.19 $77,350




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)
Topeka, KS 80 0.69 6.15 $29.27 $60,870
Tallahassee, FL 110 0.66 5.84 $24.44 $50,830
Charleston, WV 70 0.61 5.40 $23.30 $48,460
Santa Fe, NM 30 0.54 4.76 $32.33 $67,250
Albuquerque, NM 170 0.45 3.97 $17.49 $36,380
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 80 0.42 3.78 $23.78 $49,460
Tucson, AZ 150 0.41 3.64 $27.94 $58,110
Ocala, FL 40 0.39 3.45 $23.07 $47,980
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 130 0.38 3.42 $20.91 $43,490
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 80 0.38 3.36 $33.52 $69,730




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 230 0.09 0.83 $49.97 $103,940
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.19 1.73 $44.13 $91,790
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 100 0.09 0.84 $43.59 $90,670
Toledo, OH 40 0.12 1.06 $41.02 $85,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 450 0.14 1.26 $40.93 $85,140
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 60 0.02 0.20 $39.83 $82,850
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.05 0.49 $39.38 $81,910
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 130 0.09 0.79 $39.33 $81,810
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 330 0.07 0.63 $37.19 $77,350
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 470 0.15 1.36 $37.10 $77,160


About May 2019 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020