A Detective earns an average salary of $51,491 per year.
Detective Total Pay (?
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$38,811 - $96,704
(Median)
39K
76K
97K
MEDIAN: $51,490
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90%
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Detective Total Pay (?
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$14.57 - $34.39
(Median)
15
21
31
34
MEDIAN: $21.00
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75%
90%
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$38,811 - $96,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,993  
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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$36,478 - $94,687  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.57 - $34.39  
   
Overtime
$19.50 - $51.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,993  
   
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).
)
$36,478 - $94,687  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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Job Description for Detective
  • Interview suspects, witnesses and victims.
  • May testify in court.
  • Compile, examine, and secure case evidence.
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 80%
New York
up arrow 35%
National Average
$53,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.

Experience Affects Detective Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 29%
Late-Career
up arrow 10%
National Average
$53,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 8%
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%
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
23%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
20%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 9%
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