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Investigator Private Salary

$44,415 (USD)

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Last updated: June 20, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for an Investigator Private is $44,415 a year and $21 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for an Investigator Private is between $33,075 and $53,860. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

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Job Summary

  • Conducts private investigations to locate missing persons, obtain confidential information, and solve crimes.
  • Interrogates individuals to locate missing persons.
  • Conducts surveillance of suspects using binoculars and cameras.
  • Conducts background investigation of individual to obtain data on character, financial status, and personal history.
  • Examines scene of crime for clues and submits fingerprints and findings to laboratory for identification and analysis.
  • Writes reports of investigations for clients.
  • Reports criminal information to police and testifies in court.
  • May investigate activities of individuals in divorce and child custody cases.
  • May arrange lie detector tests for employees of clients or witnesses.
  • May escort valuables to protect client's property.
  • May be employed in commercial or industrial establishments for undercover work detective i or be assigned to guard persons bodyguard.
Investigator Private Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Private Detectives and Investigators

Job family population: 30,980

Estimated population of Investigator Private jobs: 1,695

Rate of error: 8.3%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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Description: The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2), the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles (10.1 million km2). With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Forty...

Investigator Private Job Listings for United States

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Toms River, NJ, USA
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Private Investigator
Jun 19
Detroit, MI, USA
Lemieux & Associates
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Private Investigator
Jun 5
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Security Task Force LLC
Private detectives and investigators typically do the following: * Interview people to gather information * Search records to uncover clues * Conduct surveillance * Collect evidence to present in ...
Private Investigator ***$500.00 sign-on bonus***
May 16
Birmingham, AL, USA
Meridian Investigative Group, Inc.
Private Investigator - Huntsville or Birmingham, AL Meridian Investigative Group, Inc. is currently seeking experienced private investigators in the Huntsville or Birmingham, AL area to conduct fixed ...
Private Investigator
Apr 23
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Private investigator (Woodland Hills) Compensation: Based on experience employment type: full-time Full-time Investigator or someone working to become a private investigator. Work in and outside of ...
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