The majority of Police Detectives in the United States — a little more than half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $39K to $101K per year, and the median is $59K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Police Detectives. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Police Detectives (83 percent) who took the survey are men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$38,042 - $100,497
(Median)
$38K
$59K
$100K
MEDIAN: $58,805
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90%

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$17.17 - $37.54
(Median)
$17
$26
$38
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,042 - $100,497  
   
Bonus
$4,913  
Total Pay (?
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$38,749 - $100,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.17 - $37.54  
   
Overtime
$25.64 - $67.14  
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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$38,749 - $100,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $53K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $71K on average.

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 19%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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