Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
12,390 1.5 % $26.46 $55,040 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.82 $19.55 $24.79 $31.92 $39.90
Annual Wage (2) $32,900 $40,670 $51,570 $66,380 $82,990


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) 7,200 0.13 $26.28 $54,660
State Government (OES Designation) 3,980 0.17 $25.77 $53,610
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 370 0.16 $28.03 $58,310
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $46.29 $96,290
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $27.66 $57,540

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 3,980 0.17 $25.77 $53,610
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 370 0.16 $28.03 $58,310
Local Government (OES Designation) 7,200 0.13 $26.28 $54,660
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $27.66 $57,540
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $46.29 $96,290

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) 160 0.01 $46.29 $96,290
Insurance Carriers 50 (7) $28.81 $59,930
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 370 0.16 $28.03 $58,310
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $27.66 $57,540
Local Government (OES Designation) 7,200 0.13 $26.28 $54,660


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 1,710 0.12 1.25 $32.56 $67,720
Florida 1,470 0.21 2.12 $22.73 $47,270
Texas 1,030 0.10 1.05 $21.88 $45,510
Arizona 680 0.29 2.93 $26.24 $54,580
Illinois 580 0.11 1.08 $35.09 $72,990




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)
Arizona 680 0.29 2.93 $26.24 $54,580
Maryland 520 0.21 2.16 $28.29 $58,850
Florida 1,470 0.21 2.12 $22.73 $47,270
Wyoming 40 0.14 1.48 $25.20 $52,420
Oregon 220 0.14 1.44 $27.44 $57,080




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 580 0.11 1.08 $35.09 $72,990
Virginia 350 0.10 1.03 $33.59 $69,860
California 1,710 0.12 1.25 $32.56 $67,720
Connecticut 70 0.04 0.45 $32.49 $67,570
Michigan 220 0.06 0.60 $30.50 $63,440

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-Scottsdale, AZ 510 0.30 3.10 $26.60 $55,320
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 400 0.11 1.15 (8) (8)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 310 0.12 1.26 $23.96 $49,840
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 290 0.27 2.77 $23.47 $48,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.13 1.30 $41.05 $85,390
Baltimore-Towson, MD 280 0.23 2.33 $26.28 $54,650
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.17 1.71 $36.04 $74,960
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 210 0.22 2.21 $21.04 $43,760
Denver-Aurora, CO 180 0.15 1.57 $27.52 $57,250
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 170 0.31 3.20 $29.25 $60,830




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)
Springfield, IL 60 0.55 5.67 $34.16 $71,040
Topeka, KS 40 0.35 3.57 $23.22 $48,290
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 170 0.31 3.20 $29.25 $60,830
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 100 0.31 3.17 $19.44 $40,440
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 510 0.30 3.10 $26.60 $55,320
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 290 0.27 2.77 $23.47 $48,810
Montgomery, AL 40 0.27 2.74 $22.37 $46,530
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 40 0.24 2.45 $32.14 $66,860
Baltimore-Towson, MD 280 0.23 2.33 $26.28 $54,650
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.22 2.26 (8) (8)




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.13 1.30 $41.05 $85,390
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.11 1.10 $36.78 $76,500
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.17 1.71 $36.04 $74,960
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.06 0.59 $35.61 $74,070
Springfield, IL 60 0.55 5.67 $34.16 $71,040
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 40 0.24 2.45 $32.14 $66,860
Visalia-Porterville, CA (8) (8) (8) $31.79 $66,110
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 110 0.09 0.92 $31.61 $65,750
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 170 0.31 3.20 $29.25 $60,830
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 150 0.16 1.60 $29.12 $60,560


About May 2010 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.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011