Police Investigator Salary

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 $33K to $103K per year, median earnings come to $52K per year. The majority of Police Investigators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Police Investigators survey respondents are men (72 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and more than half earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,121 - $105,941

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$13.78 - $47.50

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$35,121 - $105,941  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
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$33,037 - $103,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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Hourly Rate
$13.78 - $47.50  
   
Overtime
$8.50 - $60.00  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
   
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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$33,037 - $103,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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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Experience Affects Police Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 9%
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