A Private Detective or Investigator earns an average wage of C$21.20 per hour. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience.

C$27,785 - C$90,290
C$28K
C$45K
C$90K
MEDIAN: C$45,000
10%
50%
90%
C$14.38 - C$27.82
C$14
C$21
C$28
MEDIAN: C$21.38
10%
50%
90%
C$0C$90K
Salary C$27,785 - C$90,290
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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C$29,582 - C$67,278
  • Country: Canada
  • Currency: CAD
  • Updated: 11 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 30
Hourly Data C$0C$40
Hourly Rate C$14.38 - C$27.82
Hourly Tips C$2.08
Overtime C$20.58 - C$40.43
Annual Data C$0C$67K
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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C$29,582 - C$67,278
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: CAD
  • Updated: 11 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 78

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.

Private Detective or Investigator Job Listings

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 C$41,000 based on 31 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 C$48,000 based on 11 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 C$52,000 based on 17 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 C$49,000 based on 10 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: C$45,365

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Key Stats for Private Detective or Investigator

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Private Detective or Investigator Salaries

Experienced
▲14%

Late-Career
▲8%

Mid-Career
▲6%

National Average
C$45,000

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 62%