Detectives and Criminal Investigators Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for detectives and criminal investigators in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of detectives and criminal investigators among California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Detectives and Criminal Investigators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$73,370
25th Percentile Wage
$86,710
50th Percentile Wage
$95,560
75th Percentile Wage
$125,940
90th Percentile Wage
$145,050

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for detectives and criminal investigators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $145,050. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $95,560. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $73,370.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of detectives and criminal investigators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$95,560
3.22% -0.57%
2016
$92,480
4.17% -
2015
$88,620
-12.59% -
2014
$99,780
2.22% -
2013
$97,560
1.50% -
2012
$96,100
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Detectives and Criminal Investigators in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of detectives and criminal investigators in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of detectives and criminal investigators in state of California ranges from $69,810 to $126,440. The highest paying area for detectives and criminal investigators in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $126,440. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura (mean annual salary $124,890). The lowest paying area is North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $69,810.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$126,440
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$124,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$122,660
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$119,160
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$116,870
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$109,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$106,300
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$103,380
Redding
$101,270
Salinas
$100,090
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$100,070
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$94,870
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$93,650
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$90,270
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$89,160
Stockton
$88,240
Vallejo-Fairfield
$88,240
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$88,240
Fresno
$88,070
Bakersfield-Delano
$87,560
El Centro
$81,790
Modesto
$79,810
Hanford-Corcoran
$76,650
Chico
$71,110
Visalia-Porterville
$70,510
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$69,810




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