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

Private Detectives earn an average hourly wage of $25.43. Hourly wages typically start from $12.98 and go up to $41.13. Private Detectives earn an average salary of $52,880 per year. Salaries typically start from $27,000 and go up to $85,560.

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 Private Detectives in the United States earn:

$41.13 an hour $85,560 per year
Senior

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

$30.47 an hour $63,370 per year
Experienced

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

$21.43 an hour $44,570 per year
Junior

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

$16.60 an hour $34,530 per year
Starting

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

$12.98 an hour $27,000 per year

Historical salary for Private Detectives in the United States

Private Detective salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Private Detective Salary in Nebraska $32.12 $66,800 # 1
Private Detective Salary in New Jersey $30.54 $63,520 # 2
Private Detective Salary in Alabama $28.67 $59,640 # 3
Private Detective Salary in Washington $28.47 $59,220 # 4
Private Detective Salary in Hawaii $27.90 $58,030 # 5
Private Detective Salary in North Carolina $27.60 $57,400 # 6
Private Detective Salary in New York $26.44 $54,990 # 7
Private Detective Salary in California $26.16 $54,410 # 8
Private Detective Salary in Texas $26.15 $54,400 # 9
Private Detective Salary in Tennessee $25.85 $53,760 # 10
Private Detective Salary in Rhode Island $25.67 $53,400 # 11
Private Detective Salary in Colorado $25.48 $53,000 # 12
Private Detective Salary in Delaware $25.45 $52,930 # 13
Private Detective Salary in Virginia $25.29 $52,610 # 14
Private Detective Salary in Connecticut $25.06 $52,120 # 15
Private Detective Salary in Arizona $24.78 $51,540 # 16
Private Detective Salary in Arkansas $24.71 $51,390 # 17
Private Detective Salary in Maryland $24.63 $51,220 # 18
Private Detective Salary in South Carolina $24.42 $50,790 # 19
Private Detective Salary in Kentucky $24.05 $50,030 # 20
Private Detective Salary in Nevada $23.50 $48,880 # 21
Private Detective Salary in Missouri $23.29 $48,430 # 22
Private Detective Salary in Pennsylvania $23.13 $48,100 # 23
Private Detective Salary in Utah $22.35 $46,480 # 24
Private Detective Salary in Illinois $22.18 $46,140 # 25
Private Detective Salary in Iowa $21.66 $45,040 # 26
Private Detective Salary in Michigan $21.44 $44,600 # 27
Private Detective Salary in Ohio $21.02 $43,730 # 28
Private Detective Salary in Florida $20.75 $43,170 # 29
Private Detective Salary in Wisconsin $20.42 $42,470 # 30
Private Detective Salary in Montana $19.99 $41,570 # 31
Private Detective Salary in New Hampshire $19.86 $41,300 # 32
Private Detective Salary in Georgia $19.59 $40,750 # 33
Private Detective Salary in Oregon $19.35 $40,240 # 34
Private Detective Salary in North Dakota $19.10 $39,720 # 35
Private Detective Salary in Louisiana $18.93 $39,370 # 36
Private Detective Salary in New Mexico $16.94 $35,240 # 37
Private Detective Salary in Oklahoma $16.19 $33,680 # 38
Private Detective Salary in Mississippi $14.40 $29,940 # 39
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics