Detectives and Criminal Investigators Salary Information in Pennsylvania

The average annual and hourly salaries for detectives and criminal investigators in the state of Pennsylvania are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of detectives and criminal investigators among Pennsylvania 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$50,430
25th Percentile Wage
$66,130
50th Percentile Wage
$76,330
75th Percentile Wage
$98,690
90th Percentile Wage
$130,200

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for detectives and criminal investigators in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $130,200. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $76,330. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $50,430.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24.24
25th Percentile Wage
$31.79
50th Percentile Wage
$36.70
75th Percentile Wage
$47.45
90th Percentile Wage
$62.60

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for detectives and criminal investigators in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $62.60. The median hourly salary is $36.70. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24.24.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of detectives and criminal investigators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201676,3301.91%5.06%
201574,8700.83%-
201474,2500.12%-
201374,1602.28%-
201272,470--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of detectives and criminal investigators in some Pennsylvania cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of detectives and criminal investigators in state of Pennsylvania ranges from $54,860 to $106,460. The highest paying area for detectives and criminal investigators in Pennsylvania is Newark-Union with a median annual salary of $106,460. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Scranton--Wilkes-Barre (mean annual salary $82,390). The lowest paying area is Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $54,860.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Newark-Union
$106,460
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$82,390
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$80,640
Erie
$77,420
Philadelphia
$77,350
Reading
$77,160
York-Hanover
$76,610
Pittsburgh
$75,960
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$75,940
State College
$72,460
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$72,120
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$67,380
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$59,370
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$54,860


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