Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
14,070 1.8 % $28.89 $60,090 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.34 $20.35 $27.08 $35.58 $45.39
Annual Wage (2) $34,000 $42,320 $56,320 $74,000 $94,410


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) 8,080 0.15 $29.17 $60,680
State Government (OES Designation) 4,170 0.19 $28.57 $59,430
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 550 0.22 (8) (8)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 340 0.03 $33.58 $69,840
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 250 0.02 $27.39 $56,980

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 550 0.22 (8) (8)
State Government (OES Designation) 4,170 0.19 $28.57 $59,430
Local Government (OES Designation) 8,080 0.15 $29.17 $60,680
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 80 0.03 $17.50 $36,410
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 340 0.03 $33.58 $69,840

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 $48.27 $100,400
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 340 0.03 $33.58 $69,840
Local Government (OES Designation) 8,080 0.15 $29.17 $60,680
State Government (OES Designation) 4,170 0.19 $28.57 $59,430
Scientific Research and Development Services 110 0.02 $28.35 $58,970


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 2,270 0.15 1.44 $38.22 $79,490
Florida 1,480 0.19 1.83 $22.83 $47,490
Texas 910 0.08 0.77 $23.74 $49,380
Arizona 790 0.30 2.98 $26.90 $55,960
New York 710 0.08 0.78 $31.52 $65,560




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 790 0.30 2.98 $26.90 $55,960
Kansas 350 0.25 2.48 $23.87 $49,640
Florida 1,480 0.19 1.83 $22.83 $47,490
Virginia 650 0.18 1.74 $32.58 $67,770
Nevada 220 0.18 1.76 $35.20 $73,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,270 0.15 1.44 $38.22 $79,490
Nevada 220 0.18 1.76 $35.20 $73,210
Illinois 590 0.10 0.98 $34.94 $72,680
Connecticut 110 0.07 0.65 $34.88 $72,550
Massachusetts 50 0.01 0.14 $34.04 $70,800





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.17 1.67 $43.06 $89,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 640 0.26 2.58 $37.01 $76,980
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 570 0.30 2.98 $27.87 $57,970
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 470 0.07 0.71 $31.74 $66,010
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 330 0.09 0.90 $33.15 $68,940
Kansas City, MO-KS 310 0.30 2.93 $22.06 $45,880
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 280 0.23 2.26 $23.07 $47,980
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.25 2.42 $37.78 $78,590
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 250 0.28 2.73 $21.94 $45,630
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 240 0.18 1.77 $31.17 $64,840




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 70 1.00 9.81 $22.61 $47,030
Tallahassee, FL 160 0.99 9.66 $19.36 $40,270
Flagstaff, AZ 40 0.69 6.75 $27.35 $56,880
Redding, CA 30 0.59 5.76 $26.59 $55,300
Springfield, IL 50 0.45 4.46 $44.37 $92,290
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 70 0.42 4.08 $20.00 $41,610
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 130 0.40 3.88 $19.42 $40,380
Topeka, KS 40 0.37 3.65 $29.04 $60,400
Tucson, AZ 120 0.34 3.38 $24.10 $50,130
Jackson, MS 90 0.33 3.26 $25.47 $52,980




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)
Springfield, IL 50 0.45 4.46 $44.37 $92,290
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.21 2.08 $43.35 $90,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.17 1.67 $43.06 $89,570
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 110 0.13 1.29 $42.07 $87,500
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.67 $40.49 $84,210
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.15 1.51 $39.41 $81,970
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.25 2.42 $37.78 $78,590
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.27 $37.69 $78,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 640 0.26 2.58 $37.01 $76,980
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 150 0.11 1.11 $36.70 $76,340


About May 2015 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 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.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016