Police Investigator Salary

Police Investigators who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up about two-thirds of Police Investigators. Pay fluctuates from $37K to $86K per year, but expected earnings average $60K annually. Most Police Investigators report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Police Investigators who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,222 - $88,527
$37K
$60K
$89K
MEDIAN: $60,315
10%
50%
90%

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$20.49 - $33.13
$23
MEDIAN: $22.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$37,222 - $88,527  
   
Bonus
$675  
Total Pay (?
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$37,080 - $85,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$22.75  
   
Overtime
$22.87 - $65.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$675  
   
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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$37,080 - $85,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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Job Description for Police Investigator

Police investigators - also called detectives in many jurisdictions - are law enforcement professionals who typically gather and analyze evidence in felony cases. In situations where the perpetrator is unknown, the investigator works to identify and narrow down likely suspects. Because of the serious nature of many of the crimes that a police investigator handles, he or she often tries to recover sufficient evidence to help a prosecutor to secure a verdict in court. In many larger police departments, it is normal for investigators to specialize in areas such as vehicular theft, cyber crime or homicides. Regardless of the specific assignments or crimes, however, many duties are the same; the investigator helps collect and analyze crime scene evidence, interviews witnesses and persons of interest, and documents all aspects of the case until an arrest is made.

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Police Investigator Tasks

  • Perform basic crime scene assessment.
  • Testify in court.
  • Investigate criminal cases, including interviewing witnesses and suspects.
  • Collect and analyze evidence, including prints and photographs.
  • Prepare and file documents, reports, and forms.

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Investigator

Pay by Experience for a Police Investigator has a positive trend. An entry-level Police Investigator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 10 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Police Investigator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 12 salaries. An experienced Police Investigator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 22 salaries. A Police Investigator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 23 salaries.

Key Stats for Police Investigator

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
43%
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Experience Affects Police Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
▲10%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
▼11%

Mid-Career
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None:
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