Police Detective Salary

Police Detectives in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just below three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $37K to $98K per year, median earnings come to $59K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men account for the majority of Police Detectives who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. For the most part, Police Detectives enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage.

$37,135 - $97,927
$37K
$59K
$98K
MEDIAN: $58,978
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$15.45 - $38.47
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$26
$38
MEDIAN: $25.59
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$0$98K
Salary $37,135 - $97,927
Bonus $4,913
Total Pay (?
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$37,103 - $98,018
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 122
Hourly Data $0$65
Hourly Rate $15.45 - $38.47
Overtime $21.45 - $65.93
Annual Data $0$98K
Bonus $4,913
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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$37,103 - $98,018
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 41

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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

Pay by Experience for a Police Detective has a positive trend. An entry-level Police Detective with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 55 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Police Detective with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 40 salaries. An experienced Police Detective which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 66 salaries. A Police Detective with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 36 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,072

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Police Detectives in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Police Detectives will also find cushy salaries in New York (+23 percent).

Police Detective Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Police Detective?

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
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Police Detective Salaries

Late-Career
▲17%

Experienced
▲9%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
▼11%

Mid-Career
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 7%
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