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Police Investigator Salary

Two in three of Police Investigators in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $35K to $116K per year, but median earnings come to around $55K per year. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Police Investigators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,326 - $115,760
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$120K
MEDIAN: $55,212
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90%

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$13.22 - $44.70
(Median)
$13
$18
$45
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,326 - $115,760  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,068  
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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$35,156 - $115,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.22 - $44.70  
   
Overtime
$8.67 - $58.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,068  
   
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).
)
$35,156 - $115,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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Job Description for Police Investigator

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

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Experience Affects Police Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 4%