Salary for Police Detectives

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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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Police detectives actively conduct investigation as a means to solving criminal cases and preventing future crimes. Often first responders on the scene of violent crimes, police detectives may be called upon to check victim vital signs and quickly examine evidence, or obtain witness statements. Additionally, police detectives are called upon to obtain evidence from deceased victims present at the crime scene and may later be asked to deliver arrest warrants to criminal suspects. They are detail-oriented professionals who are able to note, mark and thoroughly evaluate evidence present at a crime scene. An associate's degree is a minimum requirement for employment in this professional post.

A Police Detective can expect a wage between $46,020 to $146,000 based on seniority levels. get salaries of eigthy-nine thousand three hundred dollars annually.

are paid most highly in Alaska, where they receive average job salaries of near $126,340. People with this job title are paid at the highest average level in Transportation and Warehousing, where they can get compensation, on average, 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

Police Detectives 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