Police Investigator Salary

With a little under three-quarters of Police Investigators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $37K to $88K per year and averages out to $61K annually. For the most part, Police Investigators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Police Investigators who responded to the questionnaire — 87 percent to be exact. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,491 - $87,702
$37K
$61K
$88K
MEDIAN: $60,629
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$14.66 - $49.66
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MEDIAN: $23.13
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$37,491 - $88,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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Hourly Rate
$14.66 - $49.66  
   
Overtime
$22.87 - $65.00  
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$37,491 - $88,029  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $53K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($51K) on average. Police Investigators bring in $63K after working for 10 to 20 years. Police Investigators who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $66K.

Key Stats for Police Investigator

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

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
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
44%
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Experience Affects Police Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
▲9%

Experienced
▲5%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
▼13%

Mid-Career
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 83%
dental benefits
None:
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