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How much does a Private Detective make in the United States?

Average Private Detective Hourly Wage in the United States

Private Detectives earn a median hourly wage of $21.93. Hourly wages typically start from $12.94 and go up to $40.96.

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

Average Private Detective Yearly Salary in the United States

Private Detectives earn a median salary of $45,610 per year. Salaries typically start from $26,920 and go up to $85,190.

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

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Salary Satisfaction

2.9
SCORE
37
RATINGS
Private Detectives average a score of 2.9 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Private Detectives in the 41th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Private Detective Earnings by Seniority

Top End Private Detective Earnings

The highest earning Private Detectives in the United States earn:

$40.96
an hour
$85,190
per year
Senior Private Detective Earnings

Senior Private Detectives in the United States earn:

$30.20
an hour
$62,820
per year
Experienced Private Detective Earnings

Experienced Private Detectives in the United States earn:

$21.93
an hour
$45,610
per year
Junior Private Detective Earnings

Junior Private Detectives in the United States earn:

$16.86
an hour
$35,070
per year
Starting Private Detective Earnings

Starting Private Detectives in the United States earn:

$12.94
an hour
$26,920
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Private Detective salary comparison

Private Detectives earn more than 61% percent of Services careers. Private Detective salaries are in the bottom % of all careers in the United States.

Air Traffic Controller Salary $122k
Urban Planner Salary $68k
Fire Inspector Salary $56k
Funeral Director Salary $48k
Private Detective Salary $46k
Family Social Worker Salary $42k
Meter Reader Salary $38k
Garbage Collector Salary $33k
Switchboard Operator Salary $27k
Taxi Driver Salary $23k
Hostess Salary $19k
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Historical salary for Private Detectives in the United States

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

Private Detective salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Private Detective Salary in Alabama $31.24 $64,970 # 1
Private Detective Salary in Nebraska $32.91 $68,450 # 2
Private Detective Salary in New Jersey $31.37 $65,260 # 3
Private Detective Salary in New York $26.55 $55,220 # 4
Private Detective Salary in Connecticut $28.54 $59,360 # 5
Private Detective Salary in Washington $23.39 $48,660 # 6
Private Detective Salary in Virginia $24.57 $51,110 # 7
Private Detective Salary in California $22.49 $46,780 # 8
Private Detective Salary in Delaware $23.35 $48,560 # 9
Private Detective Salary in Hawaii $25.42 $52,860 # 10
Private Detective Salary in Maryland $23.46 $48,800 # 11
Private Detective Salary in Utah $21.89 $45,540 # 12
Private Detective Salary in Missouri $22.00 $45,770 # 13
Private Detective Salary in Colorado $21.27 $44,250 # 14
Private Detective Salary in Tennessee $22.48 $46,760 # 15
Private Detective Salary in Arkansas $18.07 $37,590 # 16
Private Detective Salary in Texas $20.90 $43,480 # 17
Private Detective Salary in South Carolina $21.83 $45,400 # 18
Private Detective Salary in Kentucky $22.48 $46,760 # 19
Private Detective Salary in Arizona $20.64 $42,920 # 20
Private Detective Salary in Montana $18.88 $39,280 # 21
Private Detective Salary in Massachusetts $20.21 $42,040 # 22
Private Detective Salary in Illinois $21.08 $43,850 # 23
Private Detective Salary in Rhode Island $22.84 $47,520 # 24
Private Detective Salary in Idaho $22.66 $47,130 # 25
Private Detective Salary in Pennsylvania $19.01 $39,530 # 26
Private Detective Salary in Kansas $18.39 $38,250 # 27
Private Detective Salary in Florida $20.90 $43,480 # 28
Private Detective Salary in Iowa $19.47 $40,490 # 29
Private Detective Salary in New Hampshire $20.97 $43,620 # 30
Private Detective Salary in Nevada $21.28 $44,270 # 31
Private Detective Salary in Ohio $20.07 $41,740 # 32
Private Detective Salary in Georgia $18.07 $37,590 # 33
Private Detective Salary in Oregon $20.63 $42,910 # 34
Private Detective Salary in Oklahoma $14.36 $29,860 # 35
Private Detective Salary in Michigan $20.66 $42,970 # 36
Private Detective Salary in Wisconsin $18.00 $37,440 # 37
Private Detective Salary in Louisiana $18.53 $38,550 # 38
Private Detective Salary in North Carolina $15.99 $33,250 # 39
Private Detective Salary in New Mexico $13.36 $27,780 # 40
Private Detective Salary in Mississippi $12.48 $25,960 # 41
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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