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What is the average salary for a Private Detective?

The average salary of a Private Detective is $53,890. Salaries start from $30,330 and go up to $83,600. Please note that the average salary for a Private Detective may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location. Our source, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, produces some of the United States most sensitive and important economic information, which is based on their strongest commitment to accuracy, quality and integrity.

$0 $83,600
Starting ($30.3k)
Junior ($36.9k)
Experienced ($46.3k)
Senior ($65.7k)
Highest ($83.6k)
Highest

The top 10% of Private Detectives in United States earn:

$83,600
Senior

The top 25% of Private Detectives in United States earn:

$65,660
Experienced

The middle 50% of Private Detectives in United States earn:

$46,250
Junior

The bottom 25% of Private Detectives in United States earn:

$36,860
Starting

The bottom 10% of Private Detectives in United States earn:

$30,330

Historical salary

Private Detective salary by state

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State Salary Rank
New Jersey 64,610 1
Nebraska 63,770 2
Washington 61,320 3
Texas 59,200 4
California 58,330 5
Hawaii 58,180 6
Alabama 57,620 7
North Carolina 57,120 8
Tennessee 56,900 9
South Carolina 55,080 10
New York 54,640 11
United States 53,890 12
Connecticut 53,520 13
Maryland 53,330 14
Massachusetts 52,890 15
Delaware 52,770 16
Pennsylvania 51,950 17
Rhode Island 51,590 18
Nevada 51,410 19
Arizona 51,230 20
Missouri 51,150 21
Colorado 51,050 22
Georgia 49,760 23
Kentucky 49,720 24
West Virginia 49,030 25
Virginia 48,190 26
Arkansas 47,640 27
Kansas 47,570 28
Utah 47,240 29
New Hampshire 46,940 30
New Mexico 46,370 31
Indiana 46,320 32
Florida 44,000 33
Michigan 43,960 34
Illinois 43,340 35
Ohio 42,670 36
Montana 42,290 37
Iowa 41,020 38
Oregon 40,600 39
Louisiana 40,070 40
Wisconsin 39,980 41
Oklahoma 38,120 42
Mississippi 31,340 43
South Dakota 29,750 44
Puerto Rico 22,190 45

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