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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
Total Jobs: 50
Average Annual Salary: $92,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $61,420
Location Quotient: 4.46
Total Jobs: 70
Average Annual Salary: $63,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $49,910
Location Quotient: 2.07
Total Jobs: 190
Average Annual Salary: $72,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,020
Location Quotient: 2.05
Total Jobs: 60
Average Annual Salary: $90,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,730
Location Quotient: 2.08
Total Jobs: 40
Average Annual Salary: $60,400
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,630
Location Quotient: 3.65
Total Jobs: 700
Average Annual Salary: $89,570
Average Entry Level Salary: $56,200
Location Quotient: 1.67
Total Jobs: 260
Average Annual Salary: $78,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,130
Location Quotient: 2.42
Total Jobs: 30
Average Annual Salary: $75,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,650
Location Quotient: 1.53
Total Jobs: 50
Average Annual Salary: $74,840
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,930
Location Quotient: 2.04
Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $87,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $60,370
Location Quotient: 1.29
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:
|3||Las Vegas, NV||$72,800|
|6||Los Angeles, CA||$89,570|
|20||San Diego, CA||$76,340|
|21||San Francisco, CA||$84,210|
|23||San Jose, CA||$75,510|
|29||Jefferson City, MO||$47,030|
|31||Lake County, IL||$72,080|
|32||Salt Lake City, UT||$52,440|
|35||St. Louis, MO||$78,400|
|36||Boise City, ID||$49,410|
|37||Colorado Springs, CO||$58,120|
|38||Baton Rouge, LA||$50,780|
|42||Kansas City, MO||$45,880|
|44||West Palm Beach, FL||$58,760|
|45||Little Rock, AR||$40,380|
|52||New York, NY||$66,010|
|55||Fort Lauderdale, FL||$51,590|
|59||Oklahoma City, OK||$57,870|
|61||Fort Worth, TX||$52,750|
|70||Cape Coral, FL||$42,390|
|71||Virginia Beach, VA||$54,470|
|73||El Paso, TX||$39,900|
|75||Corpus Christi, TX||$35,890|
|76||Grand Rapids, MI||$49,420|
|77||San Antonio, TX||$45,090|
|80||Montgomery County, PA||$37,410|