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Life As a Detective or Criminal Investigator

Job Description: Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of Federal, State, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.

Types of Detective or Criminal Investigator

  • Homicide Detective
  • Narcotics Investigator
  • Narcotics Detective
  • Police Detective
  • Deputy United States Marshal

Detective or Criminal Investigator Job Outlook

There were about 110,900 jobs for Detective or Criminal Investigator in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 4.5% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 5,000 new jobs for Detective or Criminal Investigator by 2026. The BLS estimates 7,500 yearly job openings in this field.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Detectives and Criminal Investigators in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Detective or Criminal Investigator are Nevada, Utah, and Arkansas. Watch out if you plan on working in New Jersey, Maryland, or Wyoming. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Detective or Criminal Investigator

The salary for Detectives and Criminal Investigators ranges between about $43,800 and $138,860 a year.

Salary Ranges for Detectives and Criminal Investigators

Detectives and Criminal Investigators who work in District of Columbia, Alaska, or Hawaii, make the highest salaries.

How much do Detectives and Criminal Investigators make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $64,750
Alaska $118,360
Arizona $81,810
Arkansas $60,340
California $107,120
Colorado $87,280
Connecticut $90,470
Delaware $89,930
District of Columbia $122,460
Florida $76,560
Georgia $66,430
Hawaii $107,010
Idaho $73,510
Illinois $87,470
Indiana $75,150
Iowa $73,320
Kansas $62,260
Kentucky $71,300
Louisiana $65,090
Maine $70,620
Maryland $102,370
Massachusetts $101,800
Michigan $86,580
Minnesota $76,640
Mississippi $64,150
Missouri $70,860
Montana $81,210
Nebraska $73,480
Nevada $87,680
New Hampshire $80,370
New Jersey $102,600
New Mexico $77,890
New York $91,250
North Carolina $60,810
North Dakota $84,340
Ohio $75,310
Oklahoma $66,130
Oregon $93,840
Pennsylvania $85,730
Rhode Island $86,580
South Carolina $60,420
South Dakota $72,050
Tennessee $71,940
Texas $79,950
Utah $80,840
Vermont $83,060
Virginia $98,850
Washington $85,440
West Virginia $86,340
Wisconsin $76,590
Wyoming $81,750

Where do Detectives and Criminal Investigators Work?

Detective or Criminal Investigator Sectors

The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

Detective or Criminal Investigator Industries

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