Detectives and Criminal Investigators Salary Information in Kentucky

The average annual and hourly salaries for detectives and criminal investigators in the state of Kentucky are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of detectives and criminal investigators amongst Kentucky cities 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 Kentucky

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,280
25th Percentile Wage
$42,950
50th Percentile Wage
$58,470
75th Percentile Wage
$106,200
90th Percentile Wage
$128,730

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for detectives and criminal investigators in Kentucky in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $128,730. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $58,470. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,280.

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
$58,470
9.42% 7.27%
2016
$52,960
4.36% -
2015
$50,650
2.76% -
2014
$49,250
-0.43% -
2013
$49,460
-9.62% -
2012
$54,220
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of detectives and criminal investigators in some Kentucky cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of detectives and criminal investigators in state of Kentucky ranges from $37,930 to $105,850. The highest paying area for detectives and criminal investigators in Kentucky is Lexington-Fayette with a median annual salary of $105,850. The second highest paying city/area in Kentucky State is Louisville-Jefferson County (mean annual salary $78,070). The lowest paying area is East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $37,930.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Lexington-Fayette
$105,850
Louisville-Jefferson County
$78,070
Evansville
$52,450
Bowling Green
$49,380
Elizabethtown
$49,350
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$48,860
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$46,110
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$46,020
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
$37,930




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