Detectives and Criminal Investigators Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for detectives and criminal investigators in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of detectives and criminal investigators among Washington 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 Detectives and Criminal Investigators in Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$46,480
25th Percentile Wage
$56,690
50th Percentile Wage
$83,280
75th Percentile Wage
$101,500
90th Percentile Wage
$131,290

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for detectives and criminal investigators in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $131,290. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $83,280. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $46,480.

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
$83,280
1.90% -7.83%
2016
$81,700
2.63% -
2015
$79,550
-15.68% -
2014
$92,020
12.39% -
2013
$80,620
-11.39% -
2012
$89,800
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of detectives and criminal investigators in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of detectives and criminal investigators in state of Washington ranges from $53,930 to $101,210. The highest paying area for detectives and criminal investigators in Washington is Bremerton-Silverdale with a median annual salary of $101,210. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett (mean annual salary $99,320). The lowest paying area is Wenatchee-East Wenatchee with a median annual salary of $53,930.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Bremerton-Silverdale
$101,210
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$99,320
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$91,330
Bellingham
$90,900
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$90,220
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$81,810
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$81,800
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$81,790
Spokane
$79,420
Tacoma
$79,290
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$69,140
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$59,550
Olympia
$58,140
Yakima
$56,700
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee
$53,930




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