Private Detectives and Investigators Salary Information in Virginia

The average annual and hourly salaries for private detectives and investigators in the state of Virginia are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of private detectives and investigators among Virginia metropolitan 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Private Detectives and Investigators in Virginia

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,200
25th Percentile Wage
$49,720
50th Percentile Wage
$72,170
75th Percentile Wage
$89,490
90th Percentile Wage
$105,880

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for private detectives and investigators in Virginia in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $105,880. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $72,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,200.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of private detectives and investigators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$72,170
-2.95% 20.38%
2016
$74,300
31.21% -
2015
$51,110
8.77% -
2014
$46,630
4.03% -
2013
$44,750
-28.40% -
2012
$57,460
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Private Detectives and Investigators in Virginia Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of private detectives and investigators in some Virginia cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of private detectives and investigators in state of Virginia ranges from $47,610 to $61,120. The highest paying area for private detectives and investigators in Virginia is Richmond with a median annual salary of $61,120. The second highest paying city/area in Virginia State is Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol (mean annual salary $48,830). The lowest paying area is Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News with a median annual salary of $47,610.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Richmond
$61,120
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol
$48,830
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News
$47,610




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