$52,560
Avg. Salary
$22.52
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,248

Bonus

$4,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Private Detective Or Investigator is $22.52 per hour.

The average pay for a Private Detective Or Investigator is $52,560 per year.

$14.81
10%
$22.52
50%
$73.02
90%
MEDIAN $22.52
$35k
10%
$53k
50%
$97k
90%
MEDIAN $52,560
$35,368 - $96,508
$35K
$53K
$97K
MEDIAN: $52,560
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$14.81 - $73.02
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$0$114K
Salary $35,368 - $96,508
Bonus $73.40 - $10,181
Commission $4,000
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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$32,081 - $114,236
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 186
Hourly Data $0$73
Hourly Rate $14.81 - $73.02
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $15.00 - $50.04
Annual Data $0$114K
Bonus $73.40 - $10,181
Commission $4,000
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).
)
$32,081 - $114,236
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 263

Job Description for Private Detective or Investigator

Private detectives or investigators find and analyze facts and information, which may range from legal to financial to personal information depending on the needs of their employer (which may be individuals or companies). Their day-to-day tasks may include conducting surveillance on suspects, researching financial and criminal actions against individuals, doing background checks, gathering and reviewing documents, and following an individual's movements to gather information. Other tasks may include assisting in catching sexual predators, helping recover lost assets, and assisting in forensic investigation.

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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.

Private Detective or Investigator Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Private Detective or Investigator

Pay by Experience for a Private Detective or Investigator has a positive trend. An entry-level Private Detective or Investigator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 132 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Private Detective or 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 58 salaries. An experienced Private Detective or Investigator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 59 salaries. A Private Detective or Investigator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 40 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

-6%

National Average: $51,087

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

Private Detective or Investigator Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Private Detective or Investigator?

Private Detective or Investigator in Austin:
"Go out and find what you want."
Keep up with new technology and training opportunities.

Private Detective or Investigator in Macon:
Its great to protect and served the public.

Key Stats for Private Detective or Investigator

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
21%

Experience Affects Private Detective or Investigator Salaries

Late-Career
▲42%

Experienced
▲15%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 48%