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

Average Private Detective Yearly Salary in the United States

Private Detectives earn an average yearly salary of $48,692. Salaries typically start from $25,972 and go up to $76,554.

Average Private Detective Hourly Wage in the United States

Private Detectives earn an average hourly wage of $23.41. Hourly wages typically start from $12.49 and go up to $36.80.

Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

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

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Salary Satisfaction

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SCORE
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Private Detectives average a score of 3.0 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Private Detectives in the 43th 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:

$36.80
an hour
$76,553.6
per year
Senior Private Detective Earnings

Senior Private Detectives in the United States earn:

$29.02
an hour
$60,354.7
per year
Experienced Private Detective Earnings

Experienced Private Detectives in the United States earn:

$21.19
an hour
$44,067.3
per year
Junior Private Detective Earnings

Junior Private Detectives in the United States earn:

$16.20
an hour
$33,692.5
per year
Starting Private Detective Earnings

Starting Private Detectives in the United States earn:

$12.49
an hour
$25,972.2
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Private Detective Salary Comparison

Private Detectives earn more than 76% percent of similar careers in the United States.

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Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

Private Detective salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Private Detective Salary in District of Columbia $35.94 $74,760 # 1
Private Detective Salary in Virginia $35.28 $73,390 # 2
Private Detective Salary in Washington $31.40 $65,310 # 3
Private Detective Salary in New York $30.41 $63,260 # 4
Private Detective Salary in Missouri $29.68 $61,730 # 5
Private Detective Salary in California $29.62 $61,610 # 6
Private Detective Salary in Alabama $29.02 $60,370 # 7
Private Detective Salary in Connecticut $28.89 $60,100 # 8
Private Detective Salary in New Jersey $27.28 $56,750 # 9
Private Detective Salary in Delaware $26.50 $55,130 # 10
Private Detective Salary in Iowa $25.91 $53,890 # 11
Private Detective Salary in Arizona $25.57 $53,180 # 12
Private Detective Salary in Oklahoma $25.45 $52,930 # 13
Private Detective Salary in Colorado $25.11 $52,220 # 14
Private Detective Salary in Nevada $25.03 $52,070 # 15
Private Detective Salary in Tennessee $25.00 $52,000 # 16
Private Detective Salary in Hawaii $24.71 $51,390 # 17
Private Detective Salary in Utah $24.46 $50,880 # 18
Private Detective Salary in Massachusetts $24.43 $50,820 # 19
Private Detective Salary in Maryland $24.00 $49,910 # 20
Private Detective Salary in Illinois $23.49 $48,850 # 21
Private Detective Salary in United States $23.41 $48,692.1 # 22
Private Detective Salary in Montana $23.32 $48,500 # 23
Private Detective Salary in Florida $22.81 $47,450 # 24
Private Detective Salary in Minnesota $22.77 $47,360 # 25
Private Detective Salary in South Carolina $22.68 $47,170 # 26
Private Detective Salary in North Carolina $22.47 $46,740 # 27
Private Detective Salary in Michigan $22.39 $46,570 # 28
Private Detective Salary in Pennsylvania $22.25 $46,290 # 29
Private Detective Salary in Idaho $22.25 $46,280 # 30
Private Detective Salary in Georgia $21.80 $45,350 # 31
Private Detective Salary in Kansas $21.66 $45,060 # 32
Private Detective Salary in New Hampshire $21.44 $44,600 # 33
Private Detective Salary in Ohio $21.42 $44,560 # 34
Private Detective Salary in Texas $20.95 $43,570 # 35
Private Detective Salary in Oregon $20.58 $42,800 # 36
Private Detective Salary in Kentucky $20.38 $42,400 # 37
Private Detective Salary in Louisiana $20.23 $42,080 # 38
Private Detective Salary in Wisconsin $20.00 $41,590 # 39
Private Detective Salary in Mississippi $19.77 $41,120 # 40
Private Detective Salary in Puerto Rico $19.21 $39,960 # 41
Private Detective Salary in Indiana $17.82 $37,070 # 42
Private Detective Salary in New Mexico $17.62 $36,640 # 43
Private Detective Salary in Arkansas $16.78 $34,900 # 44
Private Detective Salary in South Dakota $14.18 $29,500 # 45