Texas is a very promising state for finding employment as a forensic science technician. It had the third highest level of employment of any state in the country in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In particular, the Houston area had the ninth highest level of employment of any metropolitan area in the U.S.
The Texas Workforce Commission projects the rate of job growth to be 31.2% in the period from 2010 than 2020. This is a much higher rate of growth than in most states. In others states, the positions available for forensic science technicians are generally due to the replacement of scientists who have left the workforce. In Texas, 44% of the new positions projected to become available each year are due to the creation of new jobs.
The BLS indicated that the average salary of a forensic science technician in Texas was $46,100 a year in 2012. Those in the top tenth of their field earned $69,550. They also provide salary information for a number of metropolitan areas in Texas. The data for selected cities are shown below:
These figures are for both lab technicians and scientists who work in the field processing crime scenes. 2013 salary information is available for some of these specific positions.
Forensic Lab Technician Salaries in Texas
The Texas Department of Public Safety employs a number of forensic scientists. Level I to III forensic scientist positions paid from $41,416 to $75,517 a year in 2013. These scientists specialize in particular types of forensic science. Positions were available for those with expertise in firearms, forensic breath alcohol, and firearms. In Houston, a crime lab criminalist made from $33,358 to $68,900 annually in 2013.
Crime Scene Investigator Salaries in Texas
Those who process crime scenes can be either civilians or enlisted personnel. A number of the positions in Texas that were available in 2013 were for civilian technicians. They received the following salaries (based on a forty hour work week).
The BLS provides a detailed analysis of hourly and annual wage percentiles for forensic scientists throughout Texas as shown in the following table: