$77k $77k
116k 116k
-1.2% -1.2%
3.4/5 3.4/5
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How much does a Detective make in Kentucky?

Average Detective Hourly Wage in Kentucky

Detectives earn a median hourly wage of $24.35. Hourly wages typically start from $15.77 and go up to $60.19.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Detective Yearly Salary in Kentucky

Detectives earn a median salary of $50,650 per year. Salaries typically start from $32,810 and go up to $125,200.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Detectives can work at all levels of government. The BLS (2011) says those employed by local governments earned $62,900 a year on average and those working for state governments averaged $59,390. Detectives employed by the federal government made $96,680 on average, and those working for the U.S. Postal Service averaged $89,860.

Detectives working in large, metropolitan areas or for investigation/departments of public safety are more often afforded higher salaries, due to the caseload they are required to take on. State agencies are also likely to pay criminal investigators a higher salary than police/sheriff’s departments at the local level. A number of city police departments and county sheriff’s departments offer education incentives, which allow detectives to earn a percentage above base pay, depending on the type of degree they carry. BLS statistics reported that, as of May 2013, detectives in the federal executive branch received the highest pay of all industries, with an annual mean wage of $103,180.

According to the BLS, the top salaries for detectives by state are: District of Columbia: $116,210; Alaska: $109,930; New Jersey: $100,140; Delaware: 98,710; California: $97,270.

Employment Type Mix

95%
Full-Time
5%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

3.5
SCORE
87
RATINGS
Detectives average a score of 3.5 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Detectives in the 92th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Detective Earnings by Seniority

Top End Detective Earnings

The highest earning Detectives in Kentucky earn:

$60.19
an hour
$125,200
per year
Senior Detective Earnings

Senior Detectives in Kentucky earn:

$47.73
an hour
$99,290
per year
Experienced Detective Earnings

Experienced Detectives in Kentucky earn:

$24.35
an hour
$50,650
per year
Junior Detective Earnings

Junior Detectives in Kentucky earn:

$19.29
an hour
$40,120
per year
Starting Detective Earnings

Starting Detectives in Kentucky earn:

$15.77
an hour
$32,810
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Detective salary comparison

Detectives earn more than 68% percent of Law careers in Kentucky. Detective salaries are in the bottom 55% of all careers in Kentucky.

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Probation Officer Salary in Kentucky $36k
Court Reporter Salary in Kentucky $30k
Judicial Law Clerk Salary in Kentucky $28k
Security Guard Salary in Kentucky $21k
Source:

Historical salary for Detectives in Kentucky

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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