The average hourly pay for a Private Detective or Investigator is $22.76.
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$15 - $68
$98 - $10,365
$1,000 - $104,450
$31,995 - $106,396
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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 inc…Read more
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.
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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.
Pay Difference by Location
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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
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