Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
13,430 1.9 % $27.57 $57,340 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.66 $19.80 $26.13 $33.99 $42.73
Annual Wage (2) $32,570 $41,190 $54,360 $70,700 $88,880


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) 7,690 0.14 $27.40 $56,990
State Government (OES Designation) 4,210 0.19 $27.09 $56,350
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 500 0.20 $28.96 $60,230
Scientific Research and Development Services 170 0.03 $34.35 $71,450
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 150 0.01 $29.15 $60,620

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 500 0.20 $28.96 $60,230
State Government (OES Designation) 4,210 0.19 $27.09 $56,350
Local Government (OES Designation) 7,690 0.14 $27.40 $56,990
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 140 0.06 $18.05 $37,540
Scientific Research and Development Services 170 0.03 $34.35 $71,450

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 $45.16 $93,940
Scientific Research and Development Services 170 0.03 $34.35 $71,450
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 150 0.01 $29.15 $60,620
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 500 0.20 $28.96 $60,230
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 140 0.01 $28.56 $59,400


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 1,990 0.14 1.34 $35.69 $74,240
Florida 1,470 0.20 1.95 $22.36 $46,500
Texas 990 0.09 0.90 $22.51 $46,830
Arizona 870 0.35 3.48 $27.00 $56,150
Maryland 660 0.26 2.58 $31.48 $65,480




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)
District of Columbia 290 0.44 4.31 $35.41 $73,660
Arizona 870 0.35 3.48 $27.00 $56,150
Maryland 660 0.26 2.58 $31.48 $65,480
West Virginia 150 0.21 2.04 $20.46 $42,550
Florida 1,470 0.20 1.95 $22.36 $46,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 490 0.09 0.84 $39.47 $82,110
California 1,990 0.14 1.34 $35.69 $74,240
District of Columbia 290 0.44 4.31 $35.41 $73,660
Massachusetts 40 0.01 0.13 $33.20 $69,060
Virginia 390 0.11 1.06 $32.14 $66,850





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 630 0.35 3.47 $27.75 $57,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.13 1.28 $38.84 $80,780
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 480 0.20 2.01 $36.24 $75,380
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 380 0.07 0.71 $30.28 $62,980
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 320 0.09 0.86 $38.85 $80,800
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 300 0.54 5.35 $33.66 $70,010
Baltimore-Towson, MD 300 0.24 2.32 $28.70 $59,690
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 300 0.25 2.47 $30.58 $63,610
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 260 0.23 2.26 $22.64 $47,100
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.25 2.50 $38.96 $81,030




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)
Tallahassee, FL 150 0.97 9.61 $18.51 $38,510
Flagstaff, AZ 30 0.54 5.32 $29.76 $61,890
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 300 0.54 5.35 $33.66 $70,010
Redding, CA 30 0.53 5.28 $27.74 $57,700
Tucson, AZ 150 0.44 4.30 $25.23 $52,470
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 60 0.40 4.00 $19.73 $41,030
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 130 0.40 3.96 $18.94 $39,400
Reno-Sparks, NV 70 0.35 3.43 $27.54 $57,280
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 630 0.35 3.47 $27.75 $57,730
Stockton, CA 60 0.30 2.93 $34.29 $71,320




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 90 0.09 0.87 $42.44 $88,280
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.25 2.50 $38.96 $81,030
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 320 0.09 0.86 $38.85 $80,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.13 1.28 $38.84 $80,780
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.13 1.28 $38.07 $79,180
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.05 0.49 $36.39 $75,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 480 0.20 2.01 $36.24 $75,380
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.18 1.81 $35.78 $74,410
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 40 0.02 0.21 $34.42 $71,600
Stockton, CA 60 0.30 2.93 $34.29 $71,320


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014