Police Detective Salary

Police Detectives who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than three-fifths of Police Detectives. Pay fluctuates from $36K to $98K per year, but expected earnings average $56K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Police Detectives (82 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Police Detectives.

$35,338 - $99,978
(Median)
$35K
$56K
$100K
MEDIAN: $55,928
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$16.30 - $36.73
(Median)
$16
$25
$37
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$35,338 - $99,978  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,120  
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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$35,636 - $97,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 176
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$16.30 - $36.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$29.20 - $70.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,120  
   
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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$35,636 - $97,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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

  • 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $50K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $52K. Police Detectives see a median salary of $63K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Police Detective generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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 23%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$56,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 2%
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