Career Attributes

  • $76,592
  • 110,900
  • 3.7
  • 4.5%
  • Criminal Justice
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How much does a Detective make in Kentucky?

Average Detective Yearly Salary in Kentucky

Detectives earn an average yearly salary of $69,540. Salaries typically start from $34,400 and go up to $126,670.

Average Detective Hourly Wage in Kentucky

Detectives earn an average hourly wage of $33.43. Hourly wages typically start from $16.54 and go up to $60.90.

Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

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

Learn more about the Detective job market for salaries of real jobs in your area. Alternatively, see what Detectives earn in other states.

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

92%
Full-Time
8%
Part-Time

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Detective demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.5
SCORE
147
RATINGS
Detectives average a score of 3.5 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Detectives in the 91th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Detective Earnings by Seniority

Top End Detective Earnings

The highest earning Detectives in Kentucky earn:

$60.90
an hour
$126,670
per year
Senior Detective Earnings

Senior Detectives in Kentucky earn:

$49.78
an hour
$103,550
per year
Experienced Detective Earnings

Experienced Detectives in Kentucky earn:

$25.46
an hour
$52,960
per year
Junior Detective Earnings

Junior Detectives in Kentucky earn:

$20.30
an hour
$42,230
per year
Starting Detective Earnings

Starting Detectives in Kentucky earn:

$16.54
an hour
$34,400
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Detective Salary Comparison

Detectives earn more than 96% percent of similar careers in Kentucky.

Compliance Manager Salary $95k
Lawyer Salary $93k
Mail Superintendent Salary $70k
Detective Salary $69k
Special Agent Salary $69k
Customs Inspector Salary $69k
Insurance Appraiser Salary $67k
Energy Auditor Salary $65k
Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

Career Attributes

  • $76,592
  • 110,900
  • 3.7
  • 4.5%
  • Criminal Justice
More Attributes