Salary for 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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Detective and criminal investigators work cases at local, state and federal levels to investigate potential crimes and help prevent future violations of law. These professionals work to investigate crimes, collect significant evidence, and determine the cause of crimes as well as implement prevention strategies. They are able to handle and process a large amount of information and logically break it down into facts and figures for analysis. Additionally, they have an extensive working knowledge of local, state and federal law that is used to evaluate evidence and determine fault. A bachelor's degree is required for employment in this professional post.

A Detective and Criminal Investigator can earn average salaries of between $46,020 to $146,000 based on seniority levels. usually receive a pay level of of eigthy-nine thousand three hundred dollars each year.

receive the highest salary in Alaska, where they can get average job salaries of close to about $126,340. Professionals that work in these jobs obtain the highest pay in Transportation and Warehousing, where they can earn 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.

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Detectives and Criminal Investigators 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