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Detectives and Criminal Investigators Salary Information

The salary statistics of detectives and criminal investigators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of detectives and criminal investigators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The detectives and criminal investigators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Detectives and Criminal Investigators Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,220
25th Percentile Wage
$55,180
50th Percentile Wage
$78,120
75th Percentile Wage
$103,330
90th Percentile Wage
$131,200

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for detectives and criminal investigators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) detectives and criminal investigators is $131,200. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $78,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,220. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 210% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201678,1201.16%4.89%
201577,210-3.45%-
201479,8703.93%-
201376,7303.17%-
201274,300--

Table 2. Detectives and Criminal Investigators Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of detectives and criminal investigators in 4 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for detectives and criminal investigators occupations is the transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $89,600. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $63,660).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$89,600
Federal, State, and Local Government
$78,120
Health Care and Social Assistance
$69,240
Educational Services
$63,660

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Detectives and Criminal Investigators by States

From the above tables we note that not only detectives and criminal investigators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of detectives and criminal investigators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $42,870 to $130,540. The highest paying state for detectives and criminal investigators is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $130,540. The lowest paying state is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $42,870. For more salary information of detectives and criminal investigators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$130,540
Alaska
$123,060
Maryland
$100,740
New Jersey
$99,920
Hawaii
$98,180
California
$92,480
Illinois
$89,280
West Virginia
$88,760
Virginia
$87,730
Oregon
$83,320
New York
$82,560
Washington
$81,700
Colorado
$81,250
Connecticut
$80,660
North Dakota
$80,480
Michigan
$80,210
Nevada
$78,920
Arizona
$78,220
New Mexico
$78,120
Vermont
$78,120
Montana
$78,110
Texas
$78,110
Rhode Island
$77,630
Pennsylvania
$76,330
Massachusetts
$75,710
Wisconsin
$71,560
Iowa
$70,090
Minnesota
$69,990
Wyoming
$69,620
Nebraska
$67,960
New Hampshire
$65,840
Florida
$64,070
Indiana
$63,440
Utah
$62,740
Ohio
$62,730
Idaho
$61,900
South Dakota
$60,660
Oklahoma
$60,580
Maine
$60,430
Missouri
$57,450
Tennessee
$55,960
Kentucky
$52,960
Kansas
$51,540
Alabama
$50,440
Mississippi
$49,490
Louisiana
$49,470
South Carolina
$49,170
Puerto Rico
$48,970
North Carolina
$48,660
Georgia
$48,190
Arkansas
$42,870


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