Salary for Private Detectives and Investigators

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Also known as:  Certified Legal Investigator, Licensed Private Investigator, Loss Prevention Detective, Private Detective, Private Eye, Private Investigator, Skip Tracer, Store Detective

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Private detectives and investigators investigate unlawful activities or possible infractions by gathering evidence, analyzing data and creating reports regarding individuals or organizations. This work is often done on a contractual basis and may require undercover work to get a thorough idea of an individual or organization's daily activities. These professionals are expected to have superior interviewing skills when it comes to key witnesses in a case and may be asked to testify at hearings and court trials to deliver evidence-based findings. They work cooperatively with other law enforcement agencies and must be efficient communicators with clients and those they are investigating alike. An associate's degree or related vocational school training is required for employment in this professional field.

A Private Detective and Investigator earns salaries somewhere between $31,440 to $96,950 depending on the level of education. will normally receive a wage of sixty thousand one hundred dollars per annum.

receive the highest compensation in Arkansas, where they can earn a compensation of approximately $77,980. This group of people are compensated most highly in Utilities, where they can get an average job salary of $96,850.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 64.00 percent nationwide in that time.

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Private Detectives and Investigators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Utilities
$96,850
Manufacturing
$74,830
Transportation and Warehousing
$69,690
Information
$65,970
Finance and Insurance
$65,740
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$65,310

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
$46,120
Accommodation and Food Services
$46,170
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$49,530
Wholesale Trade
$49,720
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$58,290
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$59,450