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Private Detective and Investigator Salary, Earnings and Wage Information

  Pay Period Low Median High
  Hourly $9.48 $16.23 $30.95
  Annual $19,700 $33,800 $64,400
  • “High” indicates 90% of workers earn less and 10% earn more.
  • “Median” indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
  • “Low” indicates 10% of workers earn less and 90% earn more.
  • “N/A” indicates the data is not available.

Notes: The yearly wage data presented above represents U.S. workers who are employed full-time with year-round schedules.

Occupation Description

Private Detectives and Investigators Detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment, or seek, examine, and compile information for client.