Salary for Criminal Investigators and Special Agents

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This occupation has now been updated to Detectives and Criminal Investigators

Also known as:  Criminal Investigator, Deputy United States Marshal, FBI Investigator, Homicide Detective, Narcotics Detective, Narcotics Investigator, Police Detective

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Criminal investigators and special agents work towards determining whether or not prosecution is valid in a criminal case by investigating alleged criminal violations at the local, state and federal level. These professionals obtain information by analyzing crime scenes and corresponding reports, verifying evidence, interviewing witnesses and acting on search and arrest warrants. They are often called upon to testify before a judge based on their findings. They must have a superior knowledge of government regulations and law. Additionally, they hold public safety and security as a top priority. In most cases, a bachelor's degree and extensive on-the-job training is required.

A Criminal Investigator or Special Agent can earn average salaries in a range of $46,020 to $146,000 based on tenure and industry expertise. can get an average pay level of eigthy-nine thousand three hundred dollars per annum.

have the highest pay levels in Alaska, which has normal pay levels of close to about $126,340. Employees with these job titles can obtain the highest salaries in Transportation and Warehousing, which has wages of $104,300.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 89.50 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Criminal Investigators and Special Agents tend to make the most in the following industries:

Transportation and Warehousing
$104,300
Public Administration
$89,300
Health Care and Social Assistance
$84,040
Educational Services
$72,550

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
$72,550
Health Care and Social Assistance
$84,040
Public Administration
$89,300
Transportation and Warehousing
$104,300