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Detectives and Criminal Investigators in Texas

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Detectives and Criminal Investigators in Texas

Is Texas a good place for you to work as a Detective or Criminal Investigator?

9.6% Jobs Projection
$82,260 Median Salary
1,330 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Detectives and Criminal Investigators in Texas are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Detectives and Criminal Investigators in Texas is growing faster than average.

  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators in Texas earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Detectives and Criminal Investigators Work in Texas?

In Texas, there were 15,930 people working as Detectives and Criminal Investigators in the year 2018.

There were 16,780 Detectives and Criminal Investigators employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 850 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Detectives and Criminal Investigators in TX Employment Trend

The typical state has 1,050 Detectives and Criminal Investigators working in it, which means Texas has more Detectives and Criminal Investigators than average.

Detectives and Criminal Investigators in TX vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Texas

Jobs for Detectives and Criminal Investigators in this state are growing at a rate of 9.6% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 4.5%.

Job Projections for Detectives and Criminal Investigators: Nation vs. TX

Texas Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 1,330 annual Detectives and Criminal Investigators job openings in Texas, and 19,580 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 7,500 annual jobs and 115,900 total jobs in 2026.

What do Detectives and Criminal Investigators Make in Texas?

In 2018 wages for Detectives and Criminal Investigators ranged from $41,350 to $127,250 with $82,260 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $19.88 to $61.18. The median hourly rate was $39.55.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $38.17 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $1.38.

The median salary in Texas is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Detectives and Criminal Investigators Earnings: TX vs. National Average

Top Texas Metros for Detectives and Criminal Investigators

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Detectives and Criminal Investigators.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,720 $84,560
El Paso, TX 1,620 $85,600
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,520 $77,750
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,500 $67,370
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 1,470 $71,000
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 1,400 $83,160
Laredo, TX 1,270 $84,630
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 770 $85,600
Lubbock, TX 200 $69,100
Corpus Christi, TX 190 $82,250
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 90 $53,600
Tyler, TX 70 $58,470
Victoria, TX 50 $54,270
Killeen-Temple, TX 50 $49,660
Amarillo, TX 50 $46,110
Waco, TX 50 $60,040
Wichita Falls, TX 30 $50,910
San Angelo, TX 30 $76,520
Longview, TX 30 $44,910

Top States for Detectives and Criminal Investigators Employment

The table below shows the states where most Detectives and Criminal Investigators work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Texas 15,930 $82,260
California 11,250 $100,310
New York 8,880 $84,340
Florida 6,600 $64,450
Arizona 5,810 $83,730
Georgia 3,680 $53,640
New Jersey 3,130 $103,530
District of Columbia 3,050 $133,330
Virginia 2,980 $93,550
Illinois 2,940 $84,540
Pennsylvania 2,830 $77,340
North Carolina 2,780 $50,920
Washington 2,350 $84,580
Michigan 1,980 $80,300
Ohio 1,930 $67,970
Missouri 1,810 $66,000
Colorado 1,780 $83,940
Louisiana 1,770 $51,160
New Mexico 1,610 $83,170
Minnesota 1,490 $72,780

Below are the states where Detectives and Criminal Investigators get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $133,330
Alaska $129,090
Hawaii $106,630
Maryland $106,000
New Jersey $103,530
California $100,310
West Virginia $97,830
Massachusetts $94,560
Virginia $93,550
Oregon $92,610

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