Average Detective Salary

$64,603
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$3,000
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The average salary for a Detective is $64,603.
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$40k
MEDIAN
$65k
90%
$113k
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What Do Detectives Do?

Detective Tasks
  • Collect, store, protect, and analyze physical evidence from crime scenes to aid investigation.
  • Work closely with team members and other departments.
  • File reports, documents, and other paperwork.
  • Interview sources.
  • Respond to incidents and complaints, document interactions, and collect evidence.

Job Satisfaction for Detective

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What Are Popular Skills for Detectives?

Skills in Criminal, Forensic Interviewing, Problem Solving and Fraud Investigation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Theft Investigation.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Detectives?

An entry-level Detective with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $60,154 based on 22 salaries. An early career Detective with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $55,727 based on 53 salaries. A mid-career Detective with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,470 based on 83 salaries. An experienced Detective with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,505 based on 135 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $82,339.
Employees with Detective in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 51.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (48.8% more) and Dallas, Texas (38.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (7.1% less) and Houston, Texas (2.3% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 400 survey responses.
Entry Level
5.5%
Early Career
13.3%
Mid Career
20.8%
Experienced
33.8%
Late Career
26.8%