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What is the average salary for Detectives in the United States?

Detectives earn an average hourly wage of $38.72. Hourly wages typically start from $19.61 and go up to $61.25. Detectives earn an average salary of $80,540 per year. Salaries typically start from $40,780 and go up to $127,400.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Highest

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

$61.25 an hour $127,400 per year
Senior

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

$49.01 an hour $101,940 per year
Experienced

The top 50% of Detectives in the United States earn:

$38.40 an hour $79,870 per year
Junior

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

$25.62 an hour $53,280 per year
Starting

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

$19.61 an hour $40,780 per year

Historical salary for Detectives in the United States

Detective salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Detective Salary in District of Columbia $56.81 $118,170 # 1
Detective Salary in Alaska $53.83 $111,970 # 2
Detective Salary in Delaware $48.34 $100,550 # 3
Detective Salary in New Jersey $47.89 $99,600 # 4
Detective Salary in California $47.57 $98,940 # 5
Detective Salary in Maryland $45.93 $95,530 # 6
Detective Salary in Washington $45.51 $94,660 # 7
Detective Salary in Hawaii $43.84 $91,180 # 8
Detective Salary in Illinois $43.44 $90,350 # 9
Detective Salary in Virginia $43.21 $89,870 # 10
Detective Salary in New York $42.44 $88,280 # 11
Detective Salary in Michigan $41.63 $86,590 # 12
Detective Salary in Arizona $40.73 $84,730 # 13
Detective Salary in Colorado $39.75 $82,680 # 14
Detective Salary in Vermont $39.21 $81,550 # 15
Detective Salary in Nevada $39.18 $81,500 # 16
Detective Salary in Oregon $39.17 $81,470 # 17
Detective Salary in North Dakota $39.08 $81,300 # 18
Detective Salary in Connecticut $39.05 $81,220 # 19
Detective Salary in Pennsylvania $38.97 $81,050 # 20
Detective Salary in New Mexico $37.77 $78,550 # 21
Detective Salary in Rhode Island $37.72 $78,460 # 22
Detective Salary in Texas $37.32 $77,630 # 23
Detective Salary in Montana $37.12 $77,220 # 24
Detective Salary in Minnesota $36.46 $75,850 # 25
Detective Salary in Massachusetts $36.24 $75,370 # 26
Detective Salary in Nebraska $35.97 $74,830 # 27
Detective Salary in Florida $35.42 $73,670 # 28
Detective Salary in New Hampshire $35.22 $73,260 # 29
Detective Salary in Wyoming $34.87 $72,520 # 30
Detective Salary in Iowa $34.56 $71,890 # 31
Detective Salary in Utah $34.46 $71,670 # 32
Detective Salary in Ohio $33.67 $70,030 # 33
Detective Salary in Wisconsin $33.59 $69,870 # 34
Detective Salary in South Dakota $32.85 $68,320 # 35
Detective Salary in Missouri $32.71 $68,030 # 36
Detective Salary in Maine $31.82 $66,180 # 37
Detective Salary in Idaho $31.52 $65,560 # 38
Detective Salary in Kentucky $30.57 $63,580 # 39
Detective Salary in Indiana $30.12 $62,650 # 40
Detective Salary in Tennessee $29.77 $61,920 # 41
Detective Salary in Georgia $29.56 $61,480 # 42
Detective Salary in Oklahoma $29.07 $60,460 # 43
Detective Salary in Louisiana $28.47 $59,210 # 44
Detective Salary in Alabama $28.31 $58,890 # 45
Detective Salary in Kansas $28.13 $58,500 # 46
Detective Salary in South Carolina $27.96 $58,150 # 47
Detective Salary in West Virginia $27.60 $57,410 # 48
Detective Salary in North Carolina $26.26 $54,610 # 49
Detective Salary in Mississippi $26.21 $54,510 # 50
Detective Salary in Arkansas $25.97 $54,010 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics