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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of detectives and criminal investigators from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale|| |
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont|| |
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana|| |
|Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta|| |
|Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine|| |
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario|| |
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles|| |
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos|| |
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma|| |
|El Centro|| |
|North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |