Police Investigator Salary

The majority of Police Investigators in the United States — nearly two in three — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $38K to $85K per year, and the median is $60K annually. The vast majority of Police Investigators (82 percent) who took the survey are men. For the most part, Police Investigators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,439 - $93,371
$40K
$62K
$93K
MEDIAN: $61,942
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50%
90%

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$20.49 - $43.00
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$43
MEDIAN: $29.40
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$0$93K
Salary $40,439 - $93,371
Bonus $2,000
Total Pay (?
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$41,672 - $91,432
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 50
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $20.49 - $43.00
Overtime $23.67 - $64.34
Annual Data $0$91K
Bonus $2,000
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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$41,672 - $91,432
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 14

Job Description for Police Investigator

Police investigators - also called detectives in many jurisdictions - are law enforcement professionals who typically gather and analyze evidence in felony cases. In situations where the perpetrator is unknown, the investigator works to identify and narrow down likely suspects. Because of the serious nature of many of the crimes that a police investigator handles, he or she often tries to recover sufficient evidence to help a prosecutor to secure a verdict in court. In many larger police departments, it is normal for investigators to specialize in areas such as vehicular theft, cyber crime or homicides. Regardless of the specific assignments or crimes, however, many duties are the same; the investigator helps collect and analyze crime scene evidence, interviews witnesses and persons of interest, and documents all aspects of the case until an arrest is made.

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Police Investigator Tasks

  • Perform basic crime scene assessment.
  • Testify in court.
  • Investigate criminal cases, including interviewing witnesses and suspects.
  • Collect and analyze evidence, including prints and photographs.
  • Prepare and file documents, reports, and forms.

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Pay by Experience Level for Police Investigator

Pay by Experience for a Police Investigator has a positive trend. An entry-level Police Investigator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 10 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Police Investigator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 12 salaries. An experienced Police Investigator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 22 salaries. A Police Investigator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 23 salaries.

Key Stats for Police Investigator

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
39%

Experience Affects Police Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
▲4%

Experienced
▼0%

National Average
$63,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

Mid-Career
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
no benefits
None: 3%