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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 $21.43. Hourly wages typically start from $12.98 and go up to $41.13.

Average Private Detective Yearly Salary in the United States

Private Detectives earn a median salary of $44,570 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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Private Detective Earnings by Seniority

Top End Private Detective Earnings

The highest earning Private Detectives in the United States earn:

$41.13
an hour
$85,560
per year
Senior Private Detective Earnings

Senior Private Detectives in the United States earn:

$30.47
an hour
$63,370
per year
Experienced Private Detective Earnings

Experienced Private Detectives in the United States earn:

$21.43
an hour
$44,570
per year
Junior Private Detective Earnings

Junior Private Detectives in the United States earn:

$16.60
an hour
$34,530
per year
Starting Private Detective Earnings

Starting Private Detectives in the United States earn:

$12.98
an hour
$27,000
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 top 65% of all careers in the United States.

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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 $33.21 $69,080 # 1
Private Detective Salary in New Jersey $31.29 $65,090 # 2
Private Detective Salary in Alabama $22.38 $46,550 # 3
Private Detective Salary in Washington $25.06 $52,130 # 4
Private Detective Salary in Hawaii $27.52 $57,240 # 5
Private Detective Salary in North Carolina $21.92 $45,590 # 6
Private Detective Salary in New York $24.24 $50,420 # 7
Private Detective Salary in California $21.73 $45,190 # 8
Private Detective Salary in Texas $23.09 $48,030 # 9
Private Detective Salary in Tennessee $26.36 $54,820 # 10
Private Detective Salary in Rhode Island $22.48 $46,750 # 11
Private Detective Salary in Colorado $21.65 $45,020 # 12
Private Detective Salary in Delaware $23.08 $48,000 # 13
Private Detective Salary in Virginia $22.42 $46,630 # 14
Private Detective Salary in Connecticut $21.71 $45,150 # 15
Private Detective Salary in Arizona $21.97 $45,690 # 16
Private Detective Salary in Arkansas $25.39 $52,810 # 17
Private Detective Salary in Maryland $22.65 $47,110 # 18
Private Detective Salary in South Carolina $21.11 $43,910 # 19
Private Detective Salary in Kentucky $22.55 $46,910 # 20
Private Detective Salary in Nevada $22.30 $46,380 # 21
Private Detective Salary in Missouri $20.85 $43,370 # 22
Private Detective Salary in Pennsylvania $21.29 $44,280 # 23
Private Detective Salary in Utah $17.27 $35,920 # 24
Private Detective Salary in Illinois $16.13 $33,560 # 25
Private Detective Salary in Iowa $18.45 $38,370 # 26
Private Detective Salary in Michigan $20.60 $42,850 # 27
Private Detective Salary in Ohio $20.28 $42,180 # 28
Private Detective Salary in Florida $19.37 $40,290 # 29
Private Detective Salary in Wisconsin $18.29 $38,040 # 30
Private Detective Salary in Montana $17.39 $36,160 # 31
Private Detective Salary in New Hampshire $19.75 $41,070 # 32
Private Detective Salary in Georgia $17.75 $36,920 # 33
Private Detective Salary in Oregon $17.82 $37,060 # 34
Private Detective Salary in North Dakota $18.02 $37,490 # 35
Private Detective Salary in Louisiana $17.42 $36,240 # 36
Private Detective Salary in New Mexico $14.40 $29,940 # 37
Private Detective Salary in Oklahoma $12.05 $25,070 # 38
Private Detective Salary in Mississippi $11.33 $23,560 # 39
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

    A certificate or associates degree is required to be a Private Detective.

  3. Get Hired

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    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.