Private Detectives And Investigators

Training Requirements for Private Detectives And Investigators

Private detectives and investigators need a high school diploma or equivalent, less than 5 years experience and moderate-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Private detectives and investigators
Percent
Less than High School 0.6
High School 8.4
Some College 22.0
Associates Degree 8.4
Bachelors Degree 43.6
Masters Degree 13.7
Doctorate or Professional Degree 3.4

Employment Outlook for Private Detectives And Investigators

This represents about 34,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 1,000 more private detectives and investigators but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 11,000 more.

Typical Income for Private Detectives And Investigators

Hourly Income

On average,private detectives and investigators make $25.74 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Private detectives and investigators $13.08 $17.17 $23.17 $31.87 $41.86
Protective service occupations $9.74 $12.32 $18.59 $28.70 $39.42
Other protective service workers $8.95 $10.10 $12.48 $17.19 $22.99
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, private detectives and investigators make $53,530 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Private detectives and investigators $27,210 $35,710 $48,190 $66,300 $87,070
Protective service occupations $20,260 $25,630 $38,660 $59,700 $81,980
Other protective service workers $18,620 $21,000 $25,960 $35,750 $47,820
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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