Avg. Base Salary (USD)
The average salary for a Police Detective is $62,446
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Police Detectives?
An entry-level Police Detective with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $56,302 based on 6 salaries. An early career Police Detective with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $60,197 based on 29 salaries. A …Read more
What Do Police Detectives Do?
A police detective is a law enforcement official who is tasked with proceeding with investigations of particularly serious crimes, which may include serious property crimes or crimes involving the injury or murder of a citizen. The detective helps gather and analyze evidence, interviews witnesses and potential suspects, and attempts to create a case that can be prosecuted by a district attorney's office.
Television and movies have created plenty of misconception around police detectives' …Read more
- Compile, examine, and secure case evidence.
- May testify in court.
- Interview suspects, witnesses and victims.