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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,880
25th Percentile Wage
$55,830
50th Percentile Wage
$79,970
75th Percentile Wage
$105,240
90th Percentile Wage
$135,530

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 $135,530. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $79,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,880. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 216% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$79,970
2.31% 7.09%
2016
$78,120
1.16% -
2015
$77,210
-3.45% -
2014
$79,870
3.93% -
2013
$76,730
3.17% -
2012
$74,300
- -

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 $91,550. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $60,250).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$91,550
Federal, State, and Local Government
$79,900
Health Care and Social Assistance
$72,750
Educational Services
$60,250

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 $43,190 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 $43,190. 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
$126,440
New Jersey
$102,780
Maryland
$100,960
Hawaii
$98,180
California
$95,560
Oregon
$92,250
Virginia
$88,140
Illinois
$86,880
Washington
$83,280
Colorado
$83,030
New York
$82,370
Connecticut
$82,330
Arizona
$81,800
North Dakota
$81,800
Vermont
$81,790
New Mexico
$81,790
Massachusetts
$80,640
Nevada
$80,060
Michigan
$80,020
Texas
$79,390
Montana
$79,390
Pennsylvania
$79,290
Rhode Island
$77,460
Delaware
$76,810
West Virginia
$75,270
Wisconsin
$73,580
Minnesota
$72,320
New Hampshire
$70,100
Wyoming
$69,480
Iowa
$67,030
Nebraska
$66,770
Indiana
$66,670
Ohio
$65,500
Maine
$64,900
Utah
$64,110
Idaho
$64,050
South Dakota
$63,030
Florida
$60,930
Oklahoma
$60,440
Kentucky
$58,470
Missouri
$56,960
Tennessee
$56,690
Alabama
$54,290
Kansas
$52,880
Georgia
$51,870
Mississippi
$50,860
Louisiana
$50,340
North Carolina
$50,080
Puerto Rico
$48,940
South Carolina
$48,030
Arkansas
$43,190



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