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Average Police Detective Salary

$63,275
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$4,500
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The average salary for a Police Detective is $63,275.
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$44k
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$99k
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What Do Police Detectives Do?

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

Job Satisfaction for Police Detective

4 out of 5
(28)
Highly Satisfied
4Reviews

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Police Detectives?

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

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 $53,000 based on 5 salaries. An early career Police Detective with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $54,150 based on 33 salaries. A mid-career Police Detective with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $62,293 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Police Detective with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $62,535 based on 73 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $82,174.
Employees with Police Detective in their job title in Dallas, Texas earn an average of 39.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (28.0% more) and Los Angeles, California (6.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (7.4% less), Houston, Texas (6.8% less) and Seattle, Washington (1.7% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 206 survey responses.
Entry Level
2.4%
Early Career
16.0%
Mid Career
21.4%
Experienced
35.4%
Late Career
24.8%

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