Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
12,560 1.7 % $26.76 $55,660 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.75 $19.61 $25.09 $32.29 $40.86
Annual Wage (2) $32,760 $40,790 $52,180 $67,160 $84,980


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) 7,130 0.13 $26.44 $54,990
State Government (OES Designation) 4,130 0.18 $26.23 $54,550
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 340 0.15 (8) (8)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $45.79 $95,240
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 120 0.01 $30.15 $62,710

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) 4,130 0.18 $26.23 $54,550
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 340 0.15 (8) (8)
Local Government (OES Designation) 7,130 0.13 $26.44 $54,990
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $45.79 $95,240
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 120 0.01 $30.15 $62,710

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 $45.79 $95,240
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 120 0.01 $30.15 $62,710
Insurance Carriers 40 (7) $29.25 $60,830
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories (8) (8) $27.50 $57,190
Local Government (OES Designation) 7,130 0.13 $26.44 $54,990


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 1,670 0.12 1.21 $33.12 $68,880
Florida 1,440 0.20 2.05 $22.51 $46,820
Texas 1,050 0.10 1.04 $22.25 $46,270
Arizona 720 0.30 3.10 $26.50 $55,110
Illinois 590 0.11 1.07 $35.24 $73,290




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 270 0.42 4.33 $35.60 $74,050
Arizona 720 0.30 3.10 $26.50 $55,110
Florida 1,440 0.20 2.05 $22.51 $46,820
Wyoming 40 0.15 1.50 $25.19 $52,390
Maryland 360 0.15 1.50 $28.24 $58,750




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 270 0.42 4.33 $35.60 $74,050
Illinois 590 0.11 1.07 $35.24 $73,290
Virginia 340 0.10 0.99 $34.20 $71,140
California 1,670 0.12 1.21 $33.12 $68,880
Connecticut 80 0.05 0.49 $32.64 $67,900





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 500 0.29 3.00 $27.27 $56,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 440 0.19 1.96 $38.43 $79,930
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 390 0.11 1.10 $34.65 $72,080
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 310 0.12 1.25 $24.28 $50,500
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 240 0.22 2.27 $22.78 $47,380
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.16 1.62 $36.57 $76,060
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 210 0.21 2.16 $21.06 $43,800
Tallahassee, FL 190 1.22 12.49 $17.41 $36,220
Raleigh-Cary, NC 190 0.37 3.83 $22.63 $47,080
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 170 0.14 1.47 $27.92 $58,070




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 190 1.22 12.49 $17.41 $36,220
Springfield, IL 70 0.62 6.32 $36.80 $76,540
Tucson, AZ 160 0.46 4.70 $24.59 $51,140
Raleigh-Cary, NC 190 0.37 3.83 $22.63 $47,080
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 120 0.36 3.67 (8) (8)
Topeka, KS 30 0.33 3.34 $26.16 $54,400
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 500 0.29 3.00 $27.27 $56,720
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 40 0.23 2.33 $32.71 $68,040
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 240 0.22 2.27 $22.78 $47,380
Salt Lake City, UT 130 0.21 2.16 $22.27 $46,330




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 440 0.19 1.96 $38.43 $79,930
Springfield, IL 70 0.62 6.32 $36.80 $76,540
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.16 1.62 $36.57 $76,060
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.06 0.56 $36.24 $75,390
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.11 1.16 $36.21 $75,320
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 390 0.11 1.10 $34.65 $72,080
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 40 0.23 2.33 $32.71 $68,040
Visalia-Porterville, CA (8) (8) (8) $32.36 $67,310
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 100 0.08 0.81 $31.58 $65,680
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (8) (8) (8) $31.15 $64,790


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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