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 Oklahoma. On average, they make less than landscapers but more than piano tuners.

Career Median Salary
Landscaper salary $41K
Librarian salary $44K
Firefighter salary $42K
Event planner salary $42K
Wedding planner salary $42K
Private detective salary $37K
Aesthetician salary $37K
Precious metal worker salary $41K
Hazardous materials removal worker salary $38K
Piano tuner salary $39K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)