A Private Detective or Investigator earns an average wage of $21.07 per hour.

$34,566 - $98,499
$35K
$50K
$98K
MEDIAN: $49,786
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$14.57 - $73.25
$15
$21
$73
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$34,566 - $98,499  
   
Bonus
$5.30 - $28,603  
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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$31,554 - $105,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.57 - $73.25  
   
Overtime
$11.05 - $38.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$5.30 - $28,603  
   
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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$31,554 - $105,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 157

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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

  • Conduct research on the internet and through the phone to identify people and their locations.
  • Investigate potential fraud, for instance, insurance fraud.
  • Analyze data and prioritize work to produce results.
  • Document tactics, resulting information and information gaps.

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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.

Key Stats for Private Detective or Investigator

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Private Detective or Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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