Police Investigator Salary

The majority of Police Investigators in the United States — just below two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $35K to $103K per year, and the median is $54K annually. Nearly all enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Male Police Investigators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction for Police Investigators is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,017 - $104,852
(Median)
$36K
$54K
$100K
MEDIAN: $53,578
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50%
90%

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$14.46 - $48.48
(Median)
$14
$19
$48
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
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.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $43K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $42K on average. Police Investigators bring in $65K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $64K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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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