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.
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.
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|
|District of Columbia||$122,460|
Where do Detectives and Criminal Investigators Work?
The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.
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