Detective or Criminal Investigator Salary

Detective or Criminal Investigators in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than half of Detective or Criminal Investigators. Salaries average out to around $57K per year and spread from $37K to $111K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Detective or Criminal Investigators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$37,511 - $110,534
$38K
$57K
$110K
MEDIAN: $56,898
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50%
90%

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$16.07 - $63.02
$16
$24
$63
MEDIAN: $23.86
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,511 - $110,534  
   
Bonus
$0.21 - $7,830  
Total Pay (?
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$37,049 - $111,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 330
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.07 - $63.02  
   
Overtime
$17.47 - $89.86  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.21 - $7,830  
   
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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$37,049 - $111,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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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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As Detective or Criminal Investigators make advancements in their career path to positions such as Police Chief, their salaries may climb. Police Chiefs make $67K annually on average. More often than not, a Fraud Investigator role is the next step for Detective or Criminal Investigators moving up in the field. Pay for Fraud Investigators is usually $49K. Many Detective or Criminal Investigators choose to take on a Police Detective role instead, where salaries are typically $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: $56,209

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

For Detective or Criminal Investigators, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 77 percent greater than the national average. Detective or Criminal Investigators will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+65 percent), Los Angeles (+58 percent), Chicago (+33 percent), and Washington (+29 percent). Detective or Criminal Investigators in Little Rock earn salaries far below the national average by 41 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (13 percent lower) and Miami (7 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Detective or Criminal Investigator

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Detective or Criminal Investigator Salaries

▲21%

▲8%

National Average
$56,000

▼7%

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 10%
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