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Detective or Criminal Investigator Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Detective or Criminal Investigator is $52,845 per year. A skill in Forensic Interviewing is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Detective or Criminal Investigator Salary (?
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$31,709 - $105,630
(Median)
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74K
110K
MEDIAN: $52,844
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Detective or Criminal Investigator Salary (?
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$12.77 - $39.55
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$31,709 - $105,630  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,179  
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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$30,866 - $103,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 467
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $39.55  
   
Overtime
$16.90 - $64.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,179  
   
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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$30,866 - $103,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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Job Description for Detective or Criminal Investigator

Detectives or criminal investigators typically investigate violations of the law using all resources necessary (such as witnesses, written records, video surveillance, and numerical data). Throughout the investigation, detectives or criminal investigators interpret information, prepare reports, and provide a final evaluation of the evidence. Additionally, these individuals may be called on to testify in court. Detectives or criminal investigators often assess the evidence in an office setting, but much of the data is collected through on-site visits to witnesses and the crime scene. Research and analytical skills must be highly advanced, as much of the job involves synthesizing information and making conclusions.
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Detective or Criminal Investigator Tasks
  • Examine crime sites, interview suspects and witnesses and document findings.
  • Document hypotheses, warrants and conclusions, associating evidence and following regulations.
  • Make arrests and restrain suspects.
  • Compile, examine and assemble evidence to identify culprits.
  • Facilitate information and evidence transfer between departments.

Common Career Paths for Detective or Criminal Investigator

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Pay by Experience Level for Detective or Criminal Investigator

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

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
up arrow 69%
Los Angeles
up arrow 67%
Boston
up arrow 51%
Houston
up arrow 29%
San Diego
up arrow 22%
New York
up arrow 15%
Chicago
up arrow 8%
National Average
$52,000
Atlanta
up arrow 1%
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Experience Affects Detective or Criminal Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%
Experienced
up arrow 11%
National Average
$52,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
25%
female alumni
 
Male
75%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 11%