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Criminal Investigator Salary

$92,810 (USD)

Average Salary

$45/hr

Average Hourly

$2,719

Average Bonus

Last updated: December 14, 2019

The average pay for a Criminal Investigator is $92,810 a year and $45 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Criminal Investigator is between $65,337 and $115,095. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a Criminal Investigator. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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Description:
  • Investigates alleged or suspected criminal violations of federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.
  • Examines charge, complaint, or allegation of law violation to identify issues involved and types of evidence needed.
  • Assists in determining scope, timing, and direction of investigation.
  • Develops and uses informants to get leads to information.
  • Interviews, observes, and interrogates suspects and witnesses and analyzes records to secure evidence or establish facts.
  • Examines records to detect links in chain of evidence or information.
  • Uses cameras and photostatic machines to record evidence and documents.
  • Verifies information obtained to establish accuracy and authenticity of facts and evidence.
  • Maintains surveillances and performs undercover assignments.
  • Presents findings in clear, logical, impartial, and properly documented reports.
  • Reports critical information to and coordinates activities with other offices or agencies when applicable.
  • Testifies before grand juries.
  • Serves subpoenas or other official papers.
  • May lead or coordinate work of other special agents.
  • May obtain and use search and arrest warrants.
  • May serve on full-time, detail, or rotational protection assignments.
  • May carry firearms and make arrests.
  • May be designated according to agency worked for as special agent, fbi; special agent, irs; special agent, secret service.
Criminal Investigator Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Detectives and Criminal Investigators

Job family population: 103,450

Estimated population of Criminal Investigator jobs: 28,159

Rate of error: 0.4%

Estimated salary in 2024:
$107,593
5 Year Change:
16 %
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Criminal Investigator Job Listings for United States

Part Time Investigator
Dec 9
Dallas, TX, USA
Bearden Investigative Agency, Inc
Our lawyer-led team is particularly expert in family law and white-collar criminal law investigations, surveillance, deep background, due diligence, computer and mobile forensics, expert witness ...
Investigator
Dec 11
Los Angeles, CA, USA
University of California Los Angeles
Investigator University of California Los Angeles Requisition Number: 31746 Salary: $5,325 - $10 ... Crime Statistics Act and a Responsible Employee under the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual ...
Surveillance Investigator Part Time and Full Time
Dec 8
Salinas, CA, USA
APEX
APEX Investigation is a leader in Insurance, Workers' Compensation, Liability and Human Resource ... Preferred Degree in Criminal Justice or related field * Bilingual in Spanish * Must own or have ...
Private Investigator
Nov 22
Salt Lake, UT, USA
Lemieux & Associates
Insurance investigations experience required ... Associates/Bachelor, Degree in Criminal Justice or Related Field a plus * Ability and willingness ...
Private Investigator
Nov 15
Wichita, KS, USA
Lemieux & Associates
Insurance investigations experience required ... Associates/Bachelor, Degree in Criminal Justice or Related Field a plus * Ability and willingness ...

The average pay for a Criminal Investigator is $92,810 a year and $45 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Criminal Investigator is between $65,337 and $115,095. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a Criminal Investigator. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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Part Time Investigator
Dec 9
Dallas, TX, USA
Bearden Investigative Agency, Inc
Our lawyer-led team is particularly expert in family law and white-collar criminal law investigations, surveillance, deep background, due diligence, computer and mobile forensics, expert witness ...
Investigator
Dec 11
Los Angeles, CA, USA
University of California Los Angeles
Investigator University of California Los Angeles Requisition Number: 31746 Salary: $5,325 - $10 ... Crime Statistics Act and a Responsible Employee under the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual ...
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