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15.0% Jobs Projection
$80,260 Median Salary
280 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Forensic Science Technicians in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Forensic Science Technicians in California is growing faster than average.

  • Forensic Science Technicians in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Forensic Science Technicians Work in California?

2,110 people worked as Forensic Science Technicians in 2018 in this state.

There were 2,050 Forensic Science Technicians employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 60 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Forensic Science Technicians in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 240 Forensic Science Technicians working in it, which means California has more Forensic Science Technicians than average.

Forensic Science Technicians in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Forensic Science Technicians in this state are growing at a rate of 15.0% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 16.9%.

Job Projections for Forensic Science Technicians: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 280 annual job openings, and 2,300 total jobs in 2026 for Forensic Science Technicians in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 2,200 annual jobs and 18,000 total jobs in 2026.

What do Forensic Science Technicians Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Forensic Science Technicians ranged from $51,850 to $127,590 with $80,260 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $24.93 to $61.34. The median hourly rate was $38.58.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $37.96 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.62.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Forensic Science Technicians Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Forensic Science Technicians

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Forensic Science Technicians.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 960 n/a
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 280 $73,730
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 240 $99,100
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 90 $72,980
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 90 $90,690
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 $92,340
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 $81,540
Fresno, CA 50 $59,320
Bakersfield, CA 40 $61,300
Stockton-Lodi, CA 40 $63,030

Top States for Forensic Science Technicians Employment

The table below shows the states where most Forensic Science Technicians work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 2,110 $80,260
Florida 1,710 $51,650
Texas 1,320 $50,860
New York 840 $63,790
Arizona 700 $56,480
Washington 550 $58,920
Tennessee 520 $50,010
North Carolina 520 $44,720
Georgia 480 $46,230
Illinois 450 $91,220
Maryland 440 $62,500
Virginia 430 $67,470
Ohio 430 $64,410
Indiana 360 $62,290
Kansas 330 $51,100
Michigan 330 $72,250
Missouri 320 $50,310
Pennsylvania 320 $46,900
Colorado 320 $62,870
Nevada 260 $70,800

Below are the states where Forensic Science Technicians get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Illinois $91,220
California $80,260
Massachusetts $79,160
Iowa $76,840
Connecticut $74,700
Michigan $72,250
New Hampshire $72,120
Nevada $70,800
Virginia $67,470
Oregon $66,650

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