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Police Detective Salary

$79,065 (USD)

Average Salary

$38/hr

Average Hourly

$2,048

Average Bonus

Last updated: December 10, 2019

The average pay for a Police Detective is $79,065 a year and $38 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Police Detective is between $56,223 and $97,808. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a Police Detective. 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:
  • Detects, prevents, and solves crimes and criminal cases by carrying out investigations.
  • Investigates known or suspected criminals or facts of particular case to detect planned criminal activity or clues.
  • Ascertains criminals' habits, associates, characteristics, aliases, and other personal information by frequenting known haunts of criminals and becoming familiar with criminals.
  • Records and reports such information to commanding officer.
  • Investigates crimes and questions witnesses.
  • Examines scene of crime to obtain clues and gather evidence.
  • Investigates suspected persons and reports progress of investigation.
  • Arrests or assists in arrest of criminals or suspects.
  • Prepares assigned cases for court, according to formalized procedures.
  • Testifies before court and grand jury.
  • May be designated according to nature of crime investigated as detective, automobile section; detective, homicide squad; according to rank as detective sergeant ii; or according to administrative division to which assigned as detective, precinct; detective, youth bureau.
Police Detective Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Detectives and Criminal Investigators

Job family population: 103,450

Estimated population of Police Detective jobs: 5,465

Rate of error: 0.4%

Estimated salary in 2024:
$91,658
5 Year Change:
16 %
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Police Detective Job Listings for United States

Police Officer.UH Portage.Full Time Eve/Nights
Dec 7
Ravenna, United States
University Hospitals
Description Patrols the Hospital Campus to deter and detect criminal activity. Responds to calls ... Promotes police community relations through interaction with patients and visitors. Working ...
Police Officer
Nov 26
Brandon, FL, USA
City of Lake Alfred
Operates a police vehicle to patrol designated areas to preserve law and order, to prevent and detect the commission of crimes, to enforce criminal and traffic laws and to provide general assistance ...
Police Officer I/II
Nov 22
Los Altos, United States
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Police Officer I/II Foothill-De Anza Community College District Posting #: 19-049 Campus: Central ... Detect and report fire and safety hazards; respond to fire and burglar alarms; summon fire ...
SERGEANT - University Police
Dec 9
Dallas, United States
UT Southwestern Medical Center
... detect and arrest criminals and to recover lost or stolen property. Attempts to locate missing ... Monitors police officers and guards on assignments, reviewing, analyzing, evaluating, and ...
Police Officer- University Police
Nov 1
Dallas, United States
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Investigates all criminal offenses to detect and arrest criminals and to recover lost or stolen ... Prepares various written reports narrating law enforcement and police activities. * Gives testimony ...

The average pay for a Police Detective is $79,065 a year and $38 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Police Detective is between $56,223 and $97,808. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a Police Detective. 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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Police Officer.UH Portage.Full Time Eve/Nights
Dec 7
Ravenna, United States
University Hospitals
Description Patrols the Hospital Campus to deter and detect criminal activity. Responds to calls ... Promotes police community relations through interaction with patients and visitors. Working ...
Police Officer
Nov 26
Brandon, FL, USA
City of Lake Alfred
Operates a police vehicle to patrol designated areas to preserve law and order, to prevent and detect the commission of crimes, to enforce criminal and traffic laws and to provide general assistance ...
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