Average Private Detective or Investigator Hourly Pay

$22.76
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$1,248
Bonus
$6,000
Commission
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The average hourly pay for a Private Detective or Investigator is $22.76.
10%
$14.92
10%
$22.76
50%
$67.59
90%
90%
MEDIAN $22.76
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Hourly Rate
$15 - $68
Bonus
$98 - $10,365
Commission
$1,000 - $104,450
Total Pay
$31,995 - $106,396

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Job Description for Private Detective or Investigator

Private Detective or Investigator Tasks
  • Conduct research on the internet and through the phone to identify people and their locations.
  • Investigate potential fraud, for instance, insurance fraud.
  • Analyze data and prioritize work to produce results.
  • Document tactics, resulting information and information gaps.

Career Paths

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Private Detective or Investigator
Fraud Investigator
Lead Software Engineer
Background Investigator
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Pay by Experience Level for Private Detective or Investigator

An entry-level Private Detective or Investigator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $19.23 based on 28 salaries. An early career Private Detective or Investigator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.99 based on 153 salaries. A mid-career Private Detective or Investigator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $24.09 based on 71 salaries. An experienced Private Detective or Investigator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.66 based on 75 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $30.
Employees with Private Detective or Investigator in their job title in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania earn an average of 47.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (20.8% more) and New York, New York (8.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Baltimore, Maryland (25.0% less), Chicago, Illinois (15.4% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (12.1% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 413 survey responses.
Entry Level
6.8%
Early Career
37.0%
Mid Career
17.2%
Experienced
18.2%
Late Career
20.8%