These Are The 10 Best Cities For Forensic Investigators

We used the most recent data to determine the best cities in America for Forensic Investigators to open up shop.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarBest States For Professions, Rankings - 1 year ago

Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Forensic Investigators, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.

To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer forensic investigators the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where forensic investigators get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.

So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for forensic investigators.The result is this list of the best cities forensic investigators:

  1. Springfield, IL
  2. Akron, OH
  3. Las Vegas, NV
  4. Oxnard, CA
  5. Topeka, KS
  6. Los Angeles, CA
  7. Oakland, CA
  8. Reno, NV
  9. Stockton, CA
  10. Sacramento, CA

So there you have it — Springfield is the best city when it comes to being a forensic investigator.

And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a forensic investigator? That would be Montgomery County.

Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for forensic investigators and for more on the top ten cities.

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How we determined the best cities to be a forensic investigators?




Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best cities for forensic investigators in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well forensic investigators get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

This left us with enough data for 80 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.

In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 80 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for forensic investigators in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for forensic investigators.

1. Springfield, IL

Best States For Forensic Investigators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 50
Average Annual Salary: $92,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $61,420
Location Quotient: 4.46

2. Akron, OH

Best States For Forensic Investigators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 70
Average Annual Salary: $63,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $49,910
Location Quotient: 2.07

3. Las Vegas, NV

Best States For Forensic Investigators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 190
Average Annual Salary: $72,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,020
Location Quotient: 2.05

4. Oxnard, CA

Best States For Forensic Investigators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 60
Average Annual Salary: $90,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,730
Location Quotient: 2.08

5. Topeka, KS

Best States For Forensic Investigators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 40
Average Annual Salary: $60,400
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,630
Location Quotient: 3.65

6. Los Angeles, CA

Best States For Forensic Investigators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 700
Average Annual Salary: $89,570
Average Entry Level Salary: $56,200
Location Quotient: 1.67

7. Oakland, CA

Best States For Forensic Investigators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 260
Average Annual Salary: $78,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,130
Location Quotient: 2.42

8. Reno, NV

Best States For Forensic Investigators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 30
Average Annual Salary: $75,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,650
Location Quotient: 1.53

9. Stockton, CA

Best States For Forensic Investigators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 50
Average Annual Salary: $74,840
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,930
Location Quotient: 2.04

10. Sacramento, CA

Best States For Forensic Investigators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $87,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $60,370
Location Quotient: 1.29

And that’s our list of the best cities for forensic investigators

If you’re looking to start out your career as a forensic investigator these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a forensic investigator in America:

  1. Montgomery County, PA
  2. Madison, WI
  3. Newark, NJ

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Forensic Investigators

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Springfield, IL $92,290 $61,420 50
2 Akron, OH $63,960 $49,910 70
3 Las Vegas, NV $72,800 $53,020 190
4 Oxnard, CA $90,160 $51,730 60
5 Topeka, KS $60,400 $46,630 40
6 Los Angeles, CA $89,570 $56,200 700
7 Oakland, CA $78,590 $50,130 260
8 Reno, NV $75,680 $53,650 30
9 Stockton, CA $74,840 $51,930 50
10 Sacramento, CA $87,500 $60,370 110
11 Birmingham, AL $66,820 $42,090 70
12 Albany, NY $68,550 $48,270 130
13 Indianapolis, IN $60,640 $40,780 170
14 Columbus, OH $60,480 $44,290 150
15 Anaheim, CA $81,970 $48,050 240
16 Jackson, MS $52,980 $34,320 90
17 Tacoma, WA $65,380 $50,260 40
18 Lincoln, NE $56,070 $41,770 30
19 Springfield, MO $52,150 $40,440 30
20 San Diego, CA $76,340 $53,730 150
21 San Francisco, CA $84,210 $55,890 70
22 Phoenix, AZ $57,970 $36,340 570
23 San Jose, CA $75,510 $56,280 90
24 Portland, OR $65,130 $48,480 140
25 Riverside, CA $64,840 $44,060 240
26 Seattle, WA $66,330 $48,280 160
27 Miami, FL $62,400 $40,550 170
28 Denver, CO $62,950 $43,060 210
29 Jefferson City, MO $47,030 $31,970 70
30 Flagstaff, AZ $56,880 $33,120 40
31 Lake County, IL $72,080 $44,100 30
32 Salt Lake City, UT $52,440 $36,510 120
33 Chicago, IL $68,940 $43,460 330
34 Omaha, NE $52,400 $40,780 70
35 St. Louis, MO $78,400 $35,170 40
36 Boise City, ID $49,410 $33,160 50
37 Colorado Springs, CO $58,120 $42,860 40
38 Baton Rouge, LA $50,780 $32,700 100
39 Warren, MI $64,250 $41,360 30
40 Houston, TX $61,430 $38,480 160
41 Richmond, VA $62,230 $35,960 100
42 Kansas City, MO $45,880 $29,430 310
43 Philadelphia, PA $55,710 $39,920 100
44 West Palm Beach, FL $58,760 $38,470 80
45 Little Rock, AR $40,380 $29,590 130
46 Tucson, AZ $50,130 $31,550 120
47 Austin, TX $47,770 $33,350 170
48 Redding, CA $55,300 $33,670 30
49 Knoxville, TN $51,730 $33,270 50
50 Nashville, TN $45,630 $27,720 250
51 Fresno, CA $61,340 $35,970 60
52 New York, NY $66,010 $44,080 470
53 Fayetteville, NC $42,390 $32,730 30
54 Tampa, FL $47,980 $33,110 280
55 Fort Lauderdale, FL $51,590 $34,180 140
56 Pensacola, FL $41,610 $30,550 70
57 Bakersfield, CA $55,090 $40,180 40
58 Tallahassee, FL $40,270 $27,170 160
59 Oklahoma City, OK $57,870 $18,900 90
60 Wichita, KS $48,640 $34,250 30
61 Fort Worth, TX $52,750 $33,240 100
62 Baltimore, MD $59,230 $33,970 230
63 Raleigh, NC $46,820 $34,580 80
64 Lakeland, FL $44,300 $32,720 40
65 Minneapolis, MN $56,400 $38,560 40
66 Orlando, FL $45,210 $30,170 220
67 Dallas, TX $52,110 $33,540 150
68 Durham, NC $45,920 $35,400 30
69 Atlanta, GA $53,130 $32,540 160
70 Cape Coral, FL $42,390 $27,620 50
71 Virginia Beach, VA $54,470 $34,210 90
72 Jacksonville, FL $43,270 $31,890 110
73 El Paso, TX $39,900 $32,730 40
74 Charlotte, NC $47,720 $34,390 80
75 Corpus Christi, TX $35,890 $21,150 30
76 Grand Rapids, MI $49,420 $18,110 60
77 San Antonio, TX $45,090 $27,650 100
78 Newark, NJ $55,180 $32,370 40
79 Madison, WI $45,850 $27,580 40
80 Montgomery County, PA $37,410 $25,920 70

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