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What Does it Take to Be a Detective or Criminal Investigator?

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

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

Job Outlook for Detectives and Criminal Investigators

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 110,900 jobs in the United States for Detective or Criminal Investigator. 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. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 7,500 job openings in this field each year.


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.

Do Detectives and Criminal Investigators Make A Lot Of Money?

Detectives and Criminal Investigators make between $43,800 and $138,860 a year.


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 Detectives and Criminal Investigators Work


Detectives and Criminal Investigators work in the following industries:



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