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Private Investigator Salary

How much does a Private Investigator make in the United States?
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Salary Data for Private Investigator

$44,128 (USD)/yr

$21 (USD)/hr

$600 (USD)/yr

$43,629 (USD)/yr

$21 (USD)/hr

$600 (USD)/yr

Job Description
Conducts private investigations to locate missing persons, obtain confidential information, and solve crimes. Interrogates individuals to locate missing persons. Conducts surveillance of suspects using binoculars and cameras. Conducts background investigation of individual to obtain data on character, financial status, and personal history. Examines scene of crime for clues and submits fingerprints and findings to laboratory for identification and analysis. Writes reports of investigations for clients. Reports criminal information to police and testifies in court. May investigate activities of individuals in divorce and child custody cases. May arrange lie detector tests for employees of clients or witnesses. May escort valuables to protect client's property. May be employed in commercial or industrial establishments for undercover work detective i or be assigned to guard persons bodyguard.
The average private investigator salary in United States is $44,128 or an equivalent hourly rate of $21. In addition, they earn an average bonus of $600. Salary estimates based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in United States.
Compensation Data Based on Experience

$32,861 (USD)

$53,511 (USD)

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Salary Potential

$51,156 (USD)

16 %

Based on our compensation data, the estimated salary potential for Private Investigator will increase 16 % over 5 years.

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