Private Detective or Investigator Salary

A Private Detective or Investigator earns an average wage of $20.57 per hour.

$32,021 - $82,737
(Median)
$32K
$48K
$83K
MEDIAN: $48,282
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50%
90%

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$12.72 - $53.33
(Median)
$13
$21
$53
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$32,021 - $82,737  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
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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$29,942 - $104,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $53.33  
   
Overtime
$10.30 - $39.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
   
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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$29,942 - $104,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218

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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.

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Experience Affects Private Detective or Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 51%