Police Detective Salary

Police Detectives in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $59K per year on average but can range from $37K to $98K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Police Detectives, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The vast majority of Police Detectives (86 percent) survey respondents are men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$40,010 - $99,642
$40K
$61K
$100K
MEDIAN: $61,411
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50%
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$15.24 - $39.00
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$26
$39
MEDIAN: $26.18
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$0$100K
Salary $40,010 - $99,642
Bonus $5,000
Total Pay (?
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$38,980 - $100,777
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 119
Hourly Data $0$66
Hourly Rate $15.24 - $39.00
Overtime $14.30 - $66.55
Annual Data $0$100K
Bonus $5,000
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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$38,980 - $100,777
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 39

Job Description for Police Detective

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.

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Police Detective Tasks

  • Compile, examine, and secure case evidence.
  • May testify in court.
  • Interview suspects, witnesses and victims.

Police Detective Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Police Detective

Pay by Experience for a Police Detective has a positive trend. An entry-level Police Detective with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 55 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Police Detective 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 40 salaries. An experienced Police Detective which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 66 salaries. A Police Detective with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 36 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,954

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Police Detectives, 30 percent above the national average. Police Detectives will also find cushy salaries in New York (+23 percent).

Police Detective Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Police Detective?

Police Detective in Lexington:
"Always Give Your Best Effort."
Never cut corners. Always give every task you perform your utmost effort. Remember, if it is worth doing, it is worth doing well.

Key Stats for Police Detective

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
24%

Experience Affects Police Detective Salaries

Late-Career
▲13%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Mid-Career
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 10%