Detective Salary (United States)

A Detective earns an average salary of $51,525 per year.
Detective Salary (?
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$36,992 - $95,339
(Median)
37K
76K
95K
MEDIAN: $51,525
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Detective Salary (?
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$14.46 - $34.01
(Median)
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34
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$36,992 - $95,339  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,081  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,681 - $93,296  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.46 - $34.01  
   
Overtime
$17.11 - $59.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,081  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$34,681 - $93,296  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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Job Description for Detective

Typically, detectives are employed by companies to assist in loss and theft prevention. Examples of prospective employers for detectives include insurance companies, which use detectives when determining settlement shares; organizations that require background checks and security clearances, which use detectives as a part of the hiring process; and retail companies, where they may assist with loss prevention.
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Detective Tasks
  • Interview suspects, witnesses and victims.
  • May testify in court.
  • Compile, examine, and secure case evidence.

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Pay by Experience Level for Detective

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
up arrow 83%
New York
up arrow 67%
Chicago
up arrow 64%
National Average
$52,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.

Experience Affects Detective Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%
Late-Career
up arrow 13%
National Average
$52,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 8%
Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 8%
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