Salary for Criminal Investigators and Special Agents

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 will normally receive average salaries ranging between 56000 - 84000 based on education and experience. Criminal Investigators and Special Agents will most likely earn an average wage of Seventy Three Thousand One Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Criminal Investigators and Special Agents are compensated the highest in the District of Columbia, where they get salary pay of close to $94620. This group of professionals are compensated highest in Public Administration, where they earn average job salaries of $90770.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 29.22 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

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

Transportation and Warehousing
$90,770
Public Administration
$72,950
Educational Services
$60,570

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
$60,570
Public Administration
$72,950
Transportation and Warehousing
$90,770