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How much does a Private Detective make in California?

Average Private Detective Hourly Wage in California

Private Detectives earn a median hourly wage of $22.49. Hourly wages typically start from $15.63 and go up to $46.04.

Average Private Detective Yearly Salary in California

Private Detectives earn a median salary of $46,780 per year. Salaries typically start from $32,500 and go up to $95,760.

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

How to Become a Private Detective

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  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

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  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Certificate
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Associates, Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
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Private Detective Earnings by Seniority

Top End Private Detective Earnings

The highest earning Private Detectives in California earn:

$46.04
an hour
$95,760
per year
Senior Private Detective Earnings

Senior Private Detectives in California earn:

$33.30
an hour
$69,250
per year
Experienced Private Detective Earnings

Experienced Private Detectives in California earn:

$22.49
an hour
$46,780
per year
Junior Private Detective Earnings

Junior Private Detectives in California earn:

$18.04
an hour
$37,520
per year
Starting Private Detective Earnings

Starting Private Detectives in California earn:

$15.63
an hour
$32,500
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Private Detective salary comparison

Private Detectives earn more than 52% percent of Services careers in California. Private Detective salaries are in the bottom % of all careers in California.

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Private Detective Salary $47k
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Hostess Salary in California $19k

Historical salary for Private Detectives in California

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

How to Become a Private Detective

Interested in becoming a Private Detective? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good private detective? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Certificate
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Associates, Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
  3. Get Hired

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