Police Investigator Salary

With just under two-thirds of Police Investigators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Police Investigators is $54K per year and can range from $35K on the lower end to $103K per year near the higher end. Job satisfaction for Police Investigators is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Male Police Investigators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,017 - $104,852
(Median)
$36K
$54K
$100K
MEDIAN: $53,578
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$14.46 - $48.48
(Median)
$14
$19
$48
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,017 - $104,852  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,037  
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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$34,739 - $102,923  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.46 - $48.48  
   
Overtime
$30.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,037  
   
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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$34,739 - $102,923  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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

  • 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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Pay by Experience Level for Police Investigator

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $43K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $65K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $64K.

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Experience Affects Police Investigator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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