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 or Criminal Investigator can receive wages ranging from 56000 to 84000 based on experience and education levels. Detectives and Criminal Investigators usually get a wage of Seventy Three Thousand One Hundred dollars on an annual basis.

Detectives and Criminal Investigators are compensated at the highest average salary in the District of Columbia, where they can receive average pay scales of close to $94620. These employees can expect the most salary in Public Administration, where they can receive an average job salary of $90770.

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HOURLY RATE
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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
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 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
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