Entry-Level Detective or Criminal Investigator Salary

The average pay for an Entry-Level Detective or Criminal Investigator is $50,099 per year. A skill in Forensic Interviewing is associated with high pay for this job.

$33,158 - $81,841
$33K
$50K
$82K
MEDIAN: $50,099
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50%
90%

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$14.97 - $50.96
$15
$20
$51
MEDIAN: $20.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$33,158 - $81,841  
   
Bonus
$1,017  
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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$32,757 - $83,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.97 - $50.96  
   
Overtime
$24.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,017  
   
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).
)
$32,757 - $83,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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Key Stats for Detective or Criminal Investigator

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
23%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
15%
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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