Police Detective Salary

Police Detectives who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just below two-thirds of Police Detectives. Pay fluctuates from $36K to $96K per year, but expected earnings average $57K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Police Detectives claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Police Detectives survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,926 - $98,993
(Median)
$36K
$57K
$99K
MEDIAN: $56,919
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90%

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$15.38 - $36.76
(Median)
$15
$26
$37
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$35,926 - $98,993  
   
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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$36,031 - $96,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$15.38 - $36.76  
   
Overtime
$29.08 - $67.24  
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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$36,031 - $96,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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 Detectives with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $49K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $53K. On average, Police Detectives make $63K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $69K.

Police Detective Advice

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.

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Experience Affects Police Detective Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$58,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 3%
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