Average Detective or Criminal Investigator Salary

$61,759
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$2,750
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The average salary for a Detective or Criminal Investigator is $61,759.
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$40k
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$62k
90%
$102k
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What Do Detective or Criminal Investigators Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Detective or Criminal Investigator

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What Are Popular Skills for Detective or Criminal Investigators?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Detective or Criminal Investigators?

An entry-level Detective or Criminal Investigator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $49,320 based on 28 salaries. An early career Detective or Criminal Investigator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,195 based on 112 salaries. A mid-career Detective or Criminal Investigator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $57,565 based on 110 salaries. An experienced Detective or Criminal Investigator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,233 based on 146 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $70,592.
Employees with Detective or Criminal Investigator in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 43.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (27.8% more) and Chicago, Illinois (22.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (12.1% less) and Orlando, Florida (2.8% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 555 survey responses.
Entry Level
5.0%
Early Career
20.2%
Mid Career
19.8%
Experienced
26.3%
Late Career
28.6%

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