Detectives and Criminal Investigators Salary Information in Texas

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

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,560
25th Percentile Wage
$54,500
50th Percentile Wage
$78,110
75th Percentile Wage
$80,650
90th Percentile Wage
$119,180

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for detectives and criminal investigators in Texas in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $119,180. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $78,110. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,560.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19.50
25th Percentile Wage
$26.20
50th Percentile Wage
$37.54
75th Percentile Wage
$38.77
90th Percentile Wage
$57.30

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for detectives and criminal investigators in Texas in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $57.30. The median hourly salary is $37.54. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19.50.

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
201678,1104.14%5.20%
201574,880-13.84%-
201485,2401.27%-
201384,16012.01%-
201274,050--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of detectives and criminal investigators in some Texas cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of detectives and criminal investigators in state of Texas ranges from $41,350 to $88,180. The highest paying area for detectives and criminal investigators in Texas is Dallas-Plano-Irving with a median annual salary of $88,180. The second highest paying city/area in Texas State is San Angelo (mean annual salary $82,860). The lowest paying area is Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $41,350.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Dallas-Plano-Irving
$88,180
San Angelo
$82,860
El Paso
$80,480
Brownsville-Harlingen
$80,480
Laredo
$78,290
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
$78,120
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$78,120
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
$78,120
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$78,110
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
$74,950
Corpus Christi
$71,950
San Antonio-New Braunfels
$70,460
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
$70,450
Midland
$67,630
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos
$63,490
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$58,780
Lubbock
$58,160
Fort Worth-Arlington
$57,300
Amarillo
$54,760
Tyler
$54,540
Beaumont-Port Arthur
$54,270
Waco
$51,190
Victoria
$48,580
Longview
$46,580
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood
$45,640
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
$44,720
Abilene
$44,370
Texarkana-Texarkana
$44,110
Wichita Falls
$43,170
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
$41,350


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