Private Detective or Investigator

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October 30, 2016

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Private Detective or Investigator Job Description

An investigator may be hired to investigate insurance fraud, and their pay may be based in part on the outcome of the investigation. The detective in many cases is required to drive great distances while investigating a case. Many individuals on the other hand may work for a detective agency where solicitation of clients is handled for them. The investigator is assigned a case and is given the necessary information to begin their investigation. Typically, the agency pays for reasonable expenses. Individuals may be paid based on number of cases, or paid an agreed upon salary every month regardless of the caseload. Usually these cases involve worker compensation claims or liability lawsuits against corporations. It is the detective’s job to document and not make judgments. The job in most cases is to gather evidence to be used in the event the case goes to court.

Private Detective or Investigator Salary Statistics as of 2015

Average annual salary for a Private Detective or Investigator is $50464 based on statistics in the U.S. as of 2015. The highest salary recorded was $115025. The lowest salary reported was $29835. These figures will vary on a state to state basis as these are averages across all 50 states.

Median hourly wage for a Private Detective or Investigator is $25.09 based on statistics in the U.S. as of 2015. The highest hourly rate recorded was $57.2. The lowest hourly rate recorded was $14.84. These figures will vary on a state to state basis as these are averages across all 50 states.

Bonuses for a Private Detective or Investigator are based on the years of experience using statistics from the U.S. as of 2015. The average bonus recorded was $50 from people with 15+ years of experience. The average bonus recorded was $0 from people with under 1 year of experience.

These are the highest paying states for a Private Detective or Investigator. These numbers are based of the median annual salary as of 2015.
California – $39,494 – $110,500
Colorado – $33,971 – $50,500
Florida – $39,663 – $85,489
New York – $37,788 – $109,616
Texas – $39,305 – $61,025
Washington – $38,000 – $160,000

These are the highest paying cities for a Private Detective or Investigator. These numbers are based of the median annual salary as of 2015.
New York, New York –
Los Angeles, California –
Washington, District of Columbia –
Chicago, Illinois –
Denver, Colorado –
Sacramento, California –
Dallas, Texas –

This chart outlines the average annual salary of a Private Detective or Investigator from the past 5 years. In 2015 the average annual salary was $50464 while in 2007 it was just $46799.44

Job Outlook

Gender Statistics

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69%

31%

Based on our stats gathered across the U.S. 69% of Private Detective or Investigators were males while 31% were females. These numbers are based on averages across all states combined. Some individual states may have a much different ratio however.

Past Jobs

Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer
$28,053 – $76,800
Police Detective
$34,919 – $93,167
Security Officer
$18,269 – $39,818

Future Jobs

Detective or Criminal Investigator
$30,936 – $99,272
Fraud Investigator
$29,393 – $75,565
Paralegal
$27,006 – $62,288


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