Salary for Police Detectives

Also known as:  Criminal Investigator, Deputy United States Marshal, FBI Investigator, Homicide Detective, Narcotics Detective, Narcotics Investigator, Police Detective helps law and public safety professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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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 earn an average wage somewhere between 56000 - 84000 depending on education and tenure levels. Police Detectives can expect wages of Seventy Three Thousand One Hundred dollars per annum.

Police Detectives can get the best pay in the District of Columbia, where they can earn a compensation of close to $94620. These employees make the most money in Public Administration, where they earn pay of $90770.

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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.
Police Detectives 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