Police Detective Salary

Police Detectives in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $59K per year on average but can range from $37K to $100K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of Police Detectives (81 percent) who took the survey. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Police Detectives like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$36,853 - $99,697
$37K
$59K
$100K
MEDIAN: $59,138
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50%
90%

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$15.34 - $36.18
$15
$25
$36
MEDIAN: $25.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$36,853 - $99,697  
   
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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$36,748 - $99,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$15.34 - $36.18  
   
Overtime
$24.36 - $69.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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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$36,748 - $99,815  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40

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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

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: $59,566

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

For Police Detectives, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Police Detectives will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 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
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Police Detective Salaries

Late-Career
▲16%

Experienced
▲9%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
▼12%

Mid-Career
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 4%