Entry-Level Detective or Criminal Investigator Salary

The average pay for an Entry-Level Detective or Criminal Investigator is $50,099 per year. A skill in Forensic Interviewing is associated with high pay for this job.

$32,811 - $83,553
$33K
$51K
$84K
MEDIAN: $50,992
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50%
90%

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$11.96 - $39.58
$12
$20
$40
MEDIAN: $20.23
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$0$83K
Salary $32,811 - $83,553
Bonus $0.00 - $9,863
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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$31,386 - $83,254
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 186
Hourly Data $0$54
Hourly Rate $11.96 - $39.58
Overtime $4.21 - $54.81
Annual Data $0$83K
Bonus $0.00 - $9,863
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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$31,386 - $83,254
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 53

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.

Detective or Criminal Investigator Job Listings

Detective or Criminal Investigator Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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.

Detective or Criminal Investigator in Phoenix:
"Avoid Federal Law Enforcement."
The job pays well, but there is no managerial support or camaraderie as there often time is with local police or sheriff departments. If you are former military and/or appreciate appreciate someone watching your back, avoid federal law enforcement. This is the only place where I've had to watch my back both in the field and while sitting at my desk. Law enforcement is not a popular career right now and the media tends to only show the bad apples to further damage the career reputation, but if you must, go local or state.

Key Stats for Detective or Criminal Investigator

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 9%