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 amongst 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$50,790
25th Percentile Wage
$67,660
50th Percentile Wage
$79,290
75th Percentile Wage
$102,920
90th Percentile Wage
$132,960

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 $132,960. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $79,290. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $50,790.

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
$79,290
3.73% 8.60%
2016
$76,330
1.91% -
2015
$74,870
0.83% -
2014
$74,250
0.12% -
2013
$74,160
2.28% -
2012
$72,470
- -

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 $37,500 to $109,660. The highest paying area for detectives and criminal investigators in Pennsylvania is Newark-Union with a median annual salary of $109,660. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is York-Hanover (mean annual salary $83,410). The lowest paying area is Reading with a median annual salary of $37,500.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Newark-Union
$109,660
York-Hanover
$83,410
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$82,930
Pittsburgh
$80,680
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$80,230
Erie
$79,390
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$78,350
Philadelphia
$77,350
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$72,680
Lancaster
$70,390
State College
$69,600
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$64,250
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$59,370
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$56,920
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$54,860
Reading
$37,500




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