$58,932
Avg. Salary
$22.94
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average hourly rate for a Detective or Criminal Investigator is $58932.21 per hour.
The average salary for a Detective or Criminal Investigator is $58,932.
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MEDIAN $58,932
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$0$110K
Salary $37,551 - $107,772
Bonus $500 - $19,653
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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$36,758 - $110,435
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 549
Hourly Data $0$85
Hourly Rate $15.93 - $49.56
Hourly Tips $0.34
Overtime $17.02 - $85.79
Annual Data $0$110K
Bonus $500 - $19,653
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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$36,758 - $110,435
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 119

Job Description for Detective or Criminal Investigator

Detectives or criminal investigators typically investigate violations of the law using all resources necessary (such as witnesses, written records, video surveillance, and numerical data). Throughout the investigation, detectives or criminal investigators interpret information, prepare reports, and provide a final evaluation of the evidence. Additionally, these individuals may be called on to testify in court. Detectives or criminal investigators often assess the evidence in an office setting, but much of the data is collected through on-site visits to witnesses and the crime scene. Research and analytical skills must be highly advanced, as much of the job involves synthesizing information and making conclusions.

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Detective or Criminal Investigator Tasks
  • Compile, examine and assemble evidence to identify culprits.
  • Facilitate information and evidence transfer between departments.
  • Make arrests and restrain suspects.
  • Examine crime sites, interview suspects and witnesses and document findings.
  • Document hypotheses, warrants and conclusions, associating evidence and following regulations.

Common Career Paths for Detective or Criminal Investigator


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At the upper end, Detective or Criminal Investigators who move into a Police Chief role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $67K per year. Becoming a Fraud Investigator is, more often than not, the most common role that Detective or Criminal Investigators move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Fraud Investigator is $49K. Another frequent advance is for Detective or Criminal Investigators to assume a Police Detective role; in this role, workers often take home $59K.

Detective or Criminal Investigator Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Detective or Criminal Investigator

Pay by Experience for a Detective or Criminal Investigator has a positive trend. An entry-level Detective or Criminal Investigator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 115 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Detective or Criminal Investigator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 97 salaries. An experienced Detective or Criminal Investigator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 130 salaries. A Detective or Criminal Investigator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 94 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

16%

-5%

National Average: $57,369

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

For those looking to make money, Detective or Criminal Investigators in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 75 percent above the national average. Detective or Criminal Investigators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+63 percent), Los Angeles (+55 percent), Chicago (+31 percent), and Washington (+28 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Detective or Criminal Investigators in Little Rock earning a whopping 42 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Miami (15 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Detective or Criminal Investigator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Detective or Criminal Investigator?

Detective or Criminal Investigator in Jefferson City:
"Long hours for little pay."
Pros: A family environment with respectful co-workers
Cons: Feel undervalued and not paid well

Detective or Criminal Investigator:
Raises do happen every year, but inevitably something happens where the company didn't make enough money, "so we can't give you as much as we'd like and oh your bonus is smaller too." MANY employees are making much less than they should with seniority, and Sterling even had the gall to give "promotions" that offered no extra money, just the promise of "maybe" a bigger bonus next year, which with what we've been told about the company finances will NOT happen. This job is full of the worst kind of stress, with a poisonous atmosphere that dampens and eventually destroys enthusiasm and the desire to work well. Most of the work, anyway, is farmed out to people in Mumbai who have NO qualifications or competence. Everything is catered to them. Avoid this place. If you're desperate for a job, consider working here only long enough until you find something better (which won't be hard). The positive, enthusiastic workplace with a focus on quality and ability is LONG GONE.

Detective or Criminal Investigator in Santa Ana:
"Busy, interesting and satisfying."
Pros: I like the good relationship DEA enjoys with other law enforcement agencies and the appreciation shown by the residents in Santa Ana, and the rest of Orange County.
Cons: I do not like the traffic but that is normal in Southern California.

Detective or Criminal Investigator in Seattle:
"Government...It Takes All Kinds."
If you hate routine don't do this. If you hate breaking routines don't do this. If you can't work in a large organization where routine keepers and breakers work together somehow, don't do it.

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Key Stats for Detective or Criminal Investigator

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
28%

Experience Affects Detective or Criminal Investigator Salaries

▲18%

▲6%

National Average
$57,000

▼9%

▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 11%