Private Detective or Investigator Salary

A Private Detective or Investigator earns an average wage of $21.36 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$33,935 - $99,424
$34K
$50K
$99K
MEDIAN: $50,166
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50%
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$14.72 - $74.50
$15
$21
$74
MEDIAN: $21.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$33,935 - $99,424  
   
Bonus
$360.65 - $28,603  
Total Pay (?
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$31,296 - $106,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.72 - $74.50  
   
Overtime
$10.43 - $40.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$360.65 - $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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$31,296 - $106,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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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

Pay by Experience for a Private Detective or Investigator has a positive trend. An entry-level Private Detective or Investigator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 132 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Private Detective or Investigator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 58 salaries. An experienced Private Detective or Investigator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 59 salaries. A Private Detective or Investigator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 40 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,276

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Key Stats for Private Detective or Investigator

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Private Detective or Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
▲47%

Experienced
▲19%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 46%