Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
15,070 1.8 % $29.43 $61,220 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.29 $20.98 $27.81 $36.15 $45.96
Annual Wage (2) $33,880 $43,630 $57,850 $75,190 $95,600


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) 8,790 0.16 $29.83 $62,040
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,330 0.20 $29.28 $60,910
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 670 0.25 $20.80 $43,260
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 220 0.02 $31.25 $64,990
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 210 0.01 (8) (8)

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 0.25 $20.80 $43,260
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,330 0.20 $29.28 $60,910
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 8,790 0.16 $29.83 $62,040
Scientific Research and Development Services 170 0.03 $34.25 $71,240
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 220 0.02 $31.25 $64,990

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 $50.79 $105,650
Scientific Research and Development Services 170 0.03 $34.25 $71,240
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 220 0.02 $31.25 $64,990
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 8,790 0.16 $29.83 $62,040
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,330 0.20 $29.28 $60,910


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 2,050 0.12 1.16 $39.73 $82,650
Florida 1,420 0.17 1.60 $24.33 $50,620
Texas 1,100 0.09 0.88 $25.20 $52,420
New York 720 0.08 0.74 $32.94 $68,510
Arizona 720 0.26 2.51 $27.69 $57,600




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 230 0.29 2.76 $19.46 $40,480
Arizona 720 0.26 2.51 $27.69 $57,600
Washington 600 0.19 1.79 $28.54 $59,360
West Virginia 130 0.18 1.74 $23.88 $49,670
Tennessee 540 0.18 1.74 $24.61 $51,180




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,050 0.12 1.16 $39.73 $82,650
Illinois 610 0.10 0.98 $38.28 $79,630
Nevada 230 0.18 1.67 $36.62 $76,160
Massachusetts 50 0.01 0.13 $36.33 $75,570
Connecticut 100 0.06 0.59 $35.85 $74,560



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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-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 730 0.16 1.56 $44.35 $92,250
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 540 0.27 2.57 $28.64 $59,570
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 470 0.07 0.67 $33.01 $68,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 430 0.17 1.62 $41.09 $85,470
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 400 0.43 4.05 $23.69 $49,280
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 390 0.11 1.01 $39.67 $82,500
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 270 0.21 2.01 $26.11 $54,300
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 270 0.20 1.88 $30.93 $64,330
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 270 0.22 2.10 $21.98 $45,710
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.15 1.43 $42.19 $87,760


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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 0.78 7.40 $22.52 $46,850
Jefferson City, MO 60 0.77 7.28 (8) (8)
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 90 0.52 4.93 $21.76 $45,260
Flagstaff, AZ 30 0.51 4.79 $28.07 $58,380
Albuquerque, NM 170 0.46 4.33 $15.79 $32,850
Springfield, IL 50 0.44 4.12 $41.08 $85,450
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 400 0.43 4.05 $23.69 $49,280
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 130 0.37 3.50 $19.03 $39,590
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 80 0.37 3.53 $31.03 $64,550
Roanoke, VA 50 0.31 2.93 $34.31 $71,370


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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)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 90 0.09 0.86 $44.51 $92,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 730 0.16 1.56 $44.35 $92,250
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.22 2.10 $43.07 $89,590
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 0.59 $42.62 $88,660
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.15 1.43 $42.19 $87,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 430 0.17 1.62 $41.09 $85,470
Springfield, IL 50 0.44 4.12 $41.08 $85,450
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.13 1.23 $40.68 $84,610
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 390 0.11 1.01 $39.67 $82,500
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.08 0.80 $38.62 $80,330


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018