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Private Detective or Investigator Salary (United States)

A Private Detective or Investigator earns an average wage of $20.35 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Private Detective or Investigator Salary (?
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$30,894 - $89,866
(Median)
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48K
61K
90K
MEDIAN: $47,896
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Private Detective or Investigator Salary (?
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$12.21 - $52.42
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,894 - $89,866  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,304  
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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$28,997 - $105,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $52.42  
   
Overtime
$9.83 - $50.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,304  
   
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).
)
$28,997 - $105,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 214
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Job Description for Private Detective or Investigator

Private detectives or investigators find and analyze facts and information, which may range from legal to financial to personal information depending on the needs of their employer (which may be individuals or companies). Their day-to-day tasks may include conducting surveillance on suspects, researching financial and criminal actions against individuals, doing background checks, gathering and reviewing documents, and following an individual's movements to gather information. Other tasks may include assisting in catching sexual predators, helping recover lost assets, and assisting in forensic investigation.
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Private Detective or Investigator Tasks
  • Analyze data and prioritize work to produce results.
  • Document tactics, resulting information and information gaps.
  • Conduct research on the internet and through the phone to identify people and their locations.
  • Investigate potential fraud, for instance, insurance fraud.

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Pay by Experience Level for Private Detective or Investigator

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

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
up arrow 45%
New York
up arrow 33%
National Average
$49,000
Charlotte
up arrow 18%
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Experience Affects Private Detective or Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 49%
Experienced
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
0%
National Average
$49,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
26%
female alumni
 
Male
74%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 50%