Police Detective Salary

Police Detectives in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $56K annually on average but can range from $36K to $98K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Police Detectives are male. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Police Detectives. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Police Detectives — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $50K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $52K. Police Detectives bring in $63K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $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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