Private detective earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Private detective salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $67,240
Alabama $49,280
Arkansas $47,280
Arizona $52,060
California $65,420
Colorado $50,740
Connecticut $57,300
District of Columbia $68,940
Delaware $45,380
Florida $36,570
Georgia $47,500
Hawaii $51,200
Iowa $54,360
Idaho $57,420
Illinois $60,630
Indiana $48,250
Kansas $48,380
Kentucky $45,000
Louisiana $44,490
Massachusetts $54,340
Maryland $56,580
Michigan $50,620
Minnesota $40,540
Missouri $53,010
Mississippi $46,430
Montana $42,260
North Carolina $51,370
New Hampshire $48,930
New Jersey $62,060
New Mexico $53,750
Nevada $69,300
New York $59,780
Ohio $38,080
Oklahoma $37,220
Oregon $52,260
Pennsylvania $45,950
Puerto Rico $36,890
Rhode Island $54,930
South Carolina $50,440
South Dakota $35,820
Tennessee $44,680
Texas $46,720
Utah $38,510
Virginia $65,170
Washington $48,920
Wisconsin $42,510
West Virginia $41,130

How do private detective salaries compare to similar careers?

Private detectives earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than probation officers but more than wedding planners.

Career Median Salary
Probation officer salary $55K
Clergy salary $51K
Real estate agent salary $49K
Firefighter salary $49K
Social worker salary $49K
Private detective salary $51K
Embalmer salary $48K
Substance abuse social worker salary $47K
Executive assistant salary $48K
Wedding planner salary $46K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)