Private detective earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Private detective salary by state

State Name Average Salary
District of Columbia $61,690
Virginia $74,300
Washington $55,480
New York $59,190
Missouri $62,720
California $55,090
Alabama $65,280
Connecticut $61,270
New Jersey $52,220
Delaware $47,340
Iowa $54,360
Arizona $46,680
Oklahoma $44,830
Colorado $44,810
Nevada $48,570
Tennessee $44,680
Hawaii $51,200
Utah $46,260
Massachusetts $38,470
Maryland $48,010
Illinois $42,820
Montana $37,800
Florida $46,160
Minnesota $40,540
South Carolina $46,640
North Carolina $45,770
Michigan $44,970
Pennsylvania $41,800
Idaho $47,360
Georgia $40,580
Kansas $39,950
New Hampshire $41,270
Ohio $38,680
Texas $38,430
Oregon $43,830
Kentucky $38,790
Louisiana $40,740
Wisconsin $38,900
Mississippi $33,510
Puerto Rico $41,920
Indiana $32,000
New Mexico $32,760
Arkansas $22,440
South Dakota $28,650

How do private detective salaries compare to similar careers?

Private detectives earn about the same as related careers in Maryland. On average, they make less than wedding planners but more than arbitrators.

Career Median Salary
Wedding planner salary $53K
Event planner salary $53K
Computer repair technician salary $51K
Landscaper salary $52K
Family social worker salary $49K
Private detective salary $48K
Postal service clerk salary $57K
Postal service worker salary $57K
Clergy salary $46K
Arbitrator salary $45K