Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
9,010 3.7 % $22.22 $46,220 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.75 $16.12 $20.77 $26.79 $34.05
Annual Wage (2) $26,520 $33,520 $43,200 $55,730 $70,830

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Local government (OES designation) 5,160 $22.15 $46,080
State government (OES designation) 3,050 $20.81 $43,280
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 100 $23.53 $48,930
Federal government (OES designation) 90 $32.56 $67,730
Architectural and engineering services 80 $21.75 $45,240

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 90 $32.56 $67,730
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 100 $23.53 $48,930
Local government (OES designation) 5,160 $22.15 $46,080
Architectural and engineering services 80 $21.75 $45,240
State government (OES designation) 3,050 $20.81 $43,280

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Florida 1,440 $18.25 $37,970 0.020%
Arizona 400 $22.05 $45,850 0.018%
Nevada 170 $22.12 $46,000 0.016%
New Mexico 100 $17.76 $36,940 0.013%
Washington 330 $24.55 $51,070 0.013%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Kansas (7) $43.56 $90,600 (7)
California 1,720 $28.61 $59,500 0.012%
Oregon 140 $25.62 $53,290 0.009%
Illinois 490 $25.07 $52,140 0.009%
Washington 330 $24.55 $51,070 0.013%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Tallahassee, FL MSA 150 $17.73 $36,880 0.099%
Springfield, IL MSA 50 $25.12 $52,250 0.047%
Pensacola, FL MSA 70 $18.46 $38,390 0.046%
Olympia, WA PMSA 30 $20.70 $43,050 0.035%
Reno, NV MSA 60 $20.38 $42,400 0.030%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 550 $32.32 $67,220 0.014%
Salinas, CA MSA (7) $29.17 $60,660 (7)
San Jose, CA PMSA (7) $27.97 $58,190 (7)
Oakland, CA PMSA 100 $27.97 $58,180 0.010%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 170 $27.80 $57,810 0.006%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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