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What is the average salary for a Private Detective?

The average salary of a Private Detective is $25.9. Salaries start from $14.6 and go up to $40.2. 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 $40.2
Starting ($14.58)
Junior ($17.72)
Experienced ($22.24)
Senior ($31.57)
Highest ($40.19)
Highest

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

$40.2
Senior

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

$31.6
Experienced

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

$22.2
Junior

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

$17.7
Starting

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

$14.6

Historical salary

Private Detective salary by state

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State Salary Rank
New Jersey 31.1 1
Nebraska 30.7 2
Washington 29.5 3
Texas 28.5 4
California 28.0 5
Hawaii 28.0 6
Alabama 27.7 7
North Carolina 27.5 8
Tennessee 27.4 9
South Carolina 26.5 10
New York 26.3 11
United States 25.9 12
Connecticut 25.7 13
Maryland 25.6 14
Massachusetts 25.4 15
Delaware 25.4 16
Pennsylvania 25.0 17
Rhode Island 24.8 18
Nevada 24.7 19
Arizona 24.6 20
Missouri 24.6 21
Colorado 24.5 22
Georgia 23.9 23
Kentucky 23.9 24
West Virginia 23.6 25
Virginia 23.2 26
Arkansas 22.9 27
Kansas 22.9 28
Utah 22.7 29
New Hampshire 22.6 30
New Mexico 22.3 31
Indiana 22.3 32
Florida 21.2 33
Michigan 21.1 34
Illinois 20.8 35
Ohio 20.5 36
Montana 20.3 37
Iowa 19.7 38
Oregon 19.5 39
Louisiana 19.3 40
Wisconsin 19.2 41
Oklahoma 18.3 42
Mississippi 15.1 43
South Dakota 14.3 44
Puerto Rico 10.7 45

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