Detective or Criminal Investigator Salary

The majority of Detective or Criminal Investigators in the United States — just under three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $37K to $110K per year, and the median is $58K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Detective or Criminal Investigators who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 65 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$37,733 - $110,032
$38K
$58K
$110K
MEDIAN: $57,559
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50%
90%

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$16.59 - $60.82
$17
$24
$61
MEDIAN: $23.79
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50%
90%

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$0$110K
Salary $37,733 - $110,032
Bonus $19.39 - $8,243
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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$37,305 - $110,406
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 340
Hourly Data $0$90
Hourly Rate $16.59 - $60.82
Hourly Tips $0.34
Overtime $16.82 - $90.23
Annual Data $0$110K
Bonus $19.39 - $8,243
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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$37,305 - $110,406
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 57

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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

  • Compile, examine and assemble evidence to identify culprits.
  • Facilitate information and evidence transfer between departments.
  • Make arrests and restrain suspects.
  • Examine crime sites, interview suspects and witnesses and document findings.
  • Document hypotheses, warrants and conclusions, associating evidence and following regulations.

Common Career Paths for Detective or Criminal Investigator


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At the upper end, Detective or Criminal Investigators who move into a Police Chief role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $67K per year. Becoming a Fraud Investigator is, more often than not, the most common role that Detective or Criminal Investigators move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Fraud Investigator is $49K. Another frequent advance is for Detective or Criminal Investigators to assume a Police Detective role; in this role, workers often take home $59K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Detective or Criminal Investigator

Pay by Experience for a Detective or Criminal Investigator has a positive trend. An entry-level Detective or Criminal Investigator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 115 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Detective or Criminal Investigator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 97 salaries. An experienced Detective or Criminal Investigator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 130 salaries. A Detective or Criminal Investigator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 94 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,002

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Detective or Criminal Investigators in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 75 percent above the national average. Detective or Criminal Investigators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+63 percent), Los Angeles (+55 percent), Chicago (+31 percent), and Washington (+28 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Detective or Criminal Investigators in Little Rock earning a whopping 42 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Miami (15 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Detective or Criminal Investigator

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Detective or Criminal Investigator Salaries

▲19%

▲6%

National Average
$57,000

▼8%

▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 9%
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