Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
13,570 1.8 % $28.18 $58,610 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.16 $20.15 $26.61 $34.72 $43.94
Annual Wage (2) $33,610 $41,900 $55,360 $72,230 $91,400


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) 7,910 0.15 $27.79 $57,800
State Government (OES Designation) 4,030 0.18 $28.31 $58,880
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 540 0.22 $27.87 $57,970
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 360 0.03 $31.56 $65,640
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 240 0.02 $27.41 $57,020

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 540 0.22 $27.87 $57,970
State Government (OES Designation) 4,030 0.18 $28.31 $58,880
Local Government (OES Designation) 7,910 0.15 $27.79 $57,800
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 80 0.04 $16.98 $35,310
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 360 0.03 $31.56 $65,640

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 $46.48 $96,680
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 360 0.03 $31.56 $65,640
State Government (OES Designation) 4,030 0.18 $28.31 $58,880
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 540 0.22 $27.87 $57,970
Local Government (OES Designation) 7,910 0.15 $27.79 $57,800


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 0.14 1.35 $36.00 $74,880
Florida 1,560 0.20 2.03 $22.68 $47,180
Texas 990 0.09 0.88 $22.92 $47,680
Arizona 860 0.34 3.39 $26.40 $54,920
Maryland 650 0.25 2.53 $31.63 $65,800



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 860 0.34 3.39 $26.40 $54,920
Maryland 650 0.25 2.53 $31.63 $65,800
Kansas 300 0.22 2.18 $23.62 $49,130
West Virginia 150 0.21 2.14 $20.50 $42,640
Florida 1,560 0.20 2.03 $22.68 $47,180



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 0.78 $39.53 $82,210
District of Columbia 110 0.17 1.69 $37.54 $78,090
California 2,050 0.14 1.35 $36.00 $74,880
Nevada 230 0.19 1.91 $33.80 $70,300
Massachusetts 40 0.01 0.13 $33.19 $69,040




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-Glendale, AZ 640 0.35 3.47 $27.10 $56,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 570 0.24 2.37 $35.65 $74,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 530 0.13 1.31 $39.21 $81,550
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 390 0.07 0.71 $30.84 $64,140
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 320 0.27 2.70 $23.29 $48,440
Baltimore-Towson, MD 310 0.24 2.42 $28.75 $59,800
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 290 0.23 2.32 $31.15 $64,790
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 280 0.08 0.75 $39.20 $81,530
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.27 2.70 $38.56 $80,210
Kansas City, MO-KS 260 0.25 2.52 $22.13 $46,030



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)
Jefferson City, MO 90 1.25 12.44 $21.08 $43,850
Tallahassee, FL 150 0.97 9.69 $18.93 $39,370
Flagstaff, AZ 30 0.61 6.04 $29.37 $61,090
Redding, CA 30 0.57 5.63 $27.63 $57,470
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 70 0.42 4.21 $19.98 $41,560
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 130 0.40 3.99 $19.31 $40,170
Charleston, WV 50 0.37 3.67 $17.70 $36,820
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 640 0.35 3.47 $27.10 $56,370
Tucson, AZ 120 0.34 3.42 $24.20 $50,330
Stockton, CA 60 0.29 2.90 $35.42 $73,680



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-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 0.77 $42.87 $89,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 530 0.13 1.31 $39.21 $81,550
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 280 0.08 0.75 $39.20 $81,530
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.27 2.70 $38.56 $80,210
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.14 1.35 $37.26 $77,510
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.06 0.57 $36.52 $75,950
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.19 1.86 $36.51 $75,940
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 570 0.24 2.37 $35.65 $74,150
Stockton, CA 60 0.29 2.90 $35.42 $73,680
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 40 0.02 0.21 $34.77 $72,310


About May 2014 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.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015