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Police Detective Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Police Detective is $55,672 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.
Police Detective Salary (?
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$35,135 - $95,646
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MEDIAN: $55,672
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Police Detective Salary (?
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$14.53 - $37.65
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$35,135 - $95,646  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
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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$34,148 - $92,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$14.53 - $37.65  
   
Overtime
$25.79 - $63.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
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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$34,148 - $92,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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Job Description for Police Detective

A police detective is a person who has had training and education in investigation techniques. A detective has no uniform, there typically is no police car, a detective will not have many of the duties that a regular patrol officer may have. A detective's job is to gather information to try to conclude how a crime was committed. Detectives will interview witnesses and victims. The job also requires that they work closely with those who will assist in the forensic part of the case, the CSI Unit. A detective must use the knowledge and the experience they have gained in their years as police officers. A police detective has the responsibility of searching and researching as much evidence as possible so that a case can get solved. Detectives will work until a case is closed or until they have exhausted all possible leads and can no longer continue with what they have. The job duties that come with being a detective are to arrive first at a crime scene and gather as much evidence as possible. The detective must then decide if what was found is sufficient to begin an investigation. A police detective will then spend time writing reports and filling out forms. A person must have a complete dedication for his or her work to be successful as a detective. He or she must be aware of the risk that comes with the job. A more effective detective will be someone with the most experience and training and who is in top physical condition.
Police Detective Tasks
  • Interview suspects, witnesses and victims.
  • May testify in court.
  • Compile, examine, and secure case evidence.

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Detective

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

Police Detective Advice

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"Always Give Your Best Effort."
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Experience Affects Police Detective Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%
Experienced
up arrow 13%
National Average
$55,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 7%
Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
12%
female alumni
 
Male
88%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 4%