Private Detective or Investigator Salary (United States)

A Private Detective or Investigator earns an average wage of $20.42 per hour.
Private Detective or Investigator Total Pay (?
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$30,537 - $89,390
(Median)
31K
49K
62K
89K
MEDIAN: $48,622
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Private Detective or Investigator Total Pay (?
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$12.37 - $52.41
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,537 - $89,390  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,326  
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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$29,618 - $104,843  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 430
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $52.41  
   
Overtime
$11.25 - $46.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,326  
   
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).
)
$29,618 - $104,843  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 430
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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

New York
up arrow 37%
Los Angeles
up arrow 26%
National Average
$49,000
Charlotte
up arrow 19%
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Experience Affects Private Detective or Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%
Experienced
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$49,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 49%
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