$59,399
Avg. Salary
$27.48
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average pay for a Police Detective is $27.48 per hour.

The average pay for a Police Detective is $59,399 per year.

$18
10%
$27
50%
$47
90%
MEDIAN $27
$40k
10%
$59k
50%
$100k
90%
MEDIAN $59,399
$39,638 - $99,748
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MEDIAN: $59,399
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$18.48 - $46.55
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$0$101K
Salary $39,638 - $99,748
Bonus $1,200 - $20,347
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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$40,051 - $101,803
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 216
Hourly Data $0$81
Hourly Rate $18.48 - $46.55
Overtime $24.60 - $81.57
Annual Data $0$101K
Bonus $1,200 - $20,347
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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$40,051 - $101,803
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 70

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

19%

National Average: $60,828

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 Reviews

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

Police Detective in Cincinnati:
"It's different."
Pros: I love my job. I am faced with new challenges every day with every investigation I receive.
Cons: More danger than surrounding areas. It's a long drive to work.

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
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
24%

Experience Affects Police Detective Salaries

Late-Career
▲13%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Mid-Career
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 6%