Police Investigators in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $37K to $84K per year, median earnings come to $59K per year. The vast majority (87 percent) of Police Investigators who answered the questionnaire are male. The majority of Police Investigators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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MEDIAN: $59,449
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$14.76 - $49.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$37,617 - $84,298  
   
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$36,641 - $84,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $49.32  
   
Overtime
$22.30 - $65.44  
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$36,641 - $84,361  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $52K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $49K. On average, Police Investigators make $63K following one to two decades on the job. Police Investigators who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $65K.

Key Stats for Police Investigator

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
41%
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Experience Affects Police Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None:
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