Private detectives rate their happiness above average.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, private detectives rate their career happiness 3.5 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 29% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy private detectives are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Special agent
3.6
$84k
Detective
3.6
$84k
Private detective
3.5
$59k
Police officer
3.2
$65k
Probation officer
2.9
$60k
Correctional officer
2.4
$48k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are private detectives happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do private detectives find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as private detectives?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are private detective’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are private detectives making the best use of their abilities?

Are private detectives happy with their salary?

Private detectives rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.9/5. Private detectives tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked private detectives how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.9 out of 5 stars

76 private detectives

5 Star
11%

11% of private detectives rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
22%

22% of private detectives rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of private detectives rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
28%

28% of private detectives rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
13%

13% of private detectives rated their compensation 1 stars

Do private detectives find their jobs meaningful?

On average, private detectives rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.2/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

We asked private detectives how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

78 private detectives

5 Star
24%

24% of private detectives rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of private detectives rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of private detectives rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of private detectives rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
17%

17% of private detectives rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as private detectives?

Private detectives rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.0/5. The majority of private detectives find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked private detectives how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.0 out of 5 stars

83 private detectives

5 Star
45%

45% of private detectives rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of private detectives rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
12%

12% of private detectives rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
7%

7% of private detectives rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of private detectives rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a private detective’s work environment?

As a whole, private detectives rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.8/5. A solid majority of private detectives enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a private detective.

We asked private detectives how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

83 private detectives

5 Star
31%

31% of private detectives rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of private detectives rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of private detectives rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of private detectives rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
1%

1% of private detectives rated their work environment 1 stars

Are private detectives making the best use of their abilities?

Former private detectives on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.6/5. Most private detectives surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a private detective, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked private detectives how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

84 private detectives

5 Star
29%

29% of private detectives rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of private detectives rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of private detectives rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of private detectives rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of private detectives rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars