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Police Detective Salary

The majority of Police Detectives in the United States — slightly less than two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $35K to $91K per year, and the median is $56K annually. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Police Detectives (87 percent) survey respondents are men.
$35,429 - $95,112
(Median)
$35K
$56K
$95K
MEDIAN: $56,108
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$14.47 - $36.79
(Median)
$14
$23
$37
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$35,429 - $95,112  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,135  
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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$34,506 - $90,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $36.79  
   
Overtime
$25.79 - $63.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,135  
   
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).
)
$34,506 - $90,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Police Detectives. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $43K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $70K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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.

Experience Affects Police Detective Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$55,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 4%