More than half of Police Detectives in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $37K to $100K per year, but median earnings come to around $59K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Police Detectives. Men account for the majority of Police Detectives who responded to the questionnaire — 85 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$37,198 - $100,027
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$59K
$100K
MEDIAN: $59,137
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$15.80 - $37.54
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$37,198 - $100,027  
   
Bonus
$1,208 - $19,866  
Total Pay (?
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$37,461 - $99,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$15.80 - $37.54  
   
Overtime
$24.83 - $67.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,208 - $19,866  
   
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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$37,461 - $99,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44

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Job Description for Police Detective

A police detective is a law enforcement official who is tasked with proceeding with investigations of particularly serious crimes, which may include serious property crimes or crimes involving the injury or murder of a citizen. The detective helps gather and analyze evidence, interviews witnesses and potential suspects, and attempts to create a case that can be prosecuted by a district attorney's office.

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Police Detective Tasks

  • Compile, examine, and secure case evidence.
  • May testify in court.
  • Interview suspects, witnesses and victims.

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Detective

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $52K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $51K. Police Detectives who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $69K.

Police Detective Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Police Detective in Lexington:
"Always Give Your Best Effort."
Never cut corners. Always give every task you perform your utmost effort. Remember, if it is worth doing, it is worth doing well.

Key Stats for Police Detective

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Police Detective Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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