Police Detective Salary

Police Detectives in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and roughly three in five have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $57K per year, but may range from $36K to $97K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Police Detectives report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Police Detectives (85 percent) who took the survey are men. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority.

$36,070 - $99,648

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$15.31 - $36.91

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$36,070 - $99,648  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
Total Pay (?
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$36,099 - $97,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$15.31 - $36.91  
   
Overtime
$29.30 - $66.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
   
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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$36,099 - $97,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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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 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Police Detectives make a median salary of $64K. 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 $70K.

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
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Experienced
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National Average
$58,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 3%
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