Criminal Investigator Salary

The criminal investigator salary you earn may not be the same as someone else in your industry. There are a variety of factors that could influence the amount of money you make, including your experience location, employer, time on the job, and anything else along those lines. While it is hard to pinpoint your future earnings, it is possible to look at some of the national averages at this time to get a rough idea of what may be in store for you. Here are some charts to help you grasp what you may make when you begin work as a criminal investigator.

Range of Criminal Investigator Annual Salaries

  • Lowest 10% earned less than $39,660 per year
  • The Median Wage $71,770 per year
  • The Annual Mean Wage $75,720 per year
  • Top 10% earned more than $122,290 per year

Criminal Investigator Salary by Industry

Criminal investigators can work in many different industries, and those industries play a role in the amount of money people can make in this field. Popular industries and salaries include:

  • Federal Executive Branch Annual Mean Wage: $96,680
  • Postal Service Annual Mean Wage: $89,860
  • Colleges and Universities Annual Mean Wage: $66,540
  • Local Government Annual Mean Wage: $62,900
  • State Government Annual Mean Wage: $59,390

Criminal Investigator Salary by Location

The location of your employment will have more of an impact on your earnings than your gender or college degree. Some locations offer a better criminal investigator salary than others because of the demand for investigators in the area. Here is a list of the top then highest paying cities for criminal investigators to give you an idea of where you may want to work in the future:

  • District of Columbia Annual Mean Wage: $110,440
  • Alaska Annual Mean Wage: $97,730
  • New Jersey Annual Mean Wage: $96,740
  • Delaware Annual Mean Wage: $95,380
  • California Annual Mean Wage: $92,050

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Private Detectives and Investigators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/private-detectives-and-investigators.htm (visited February 08, 2013).
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011 , Private Detectives and Investigators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333021.htm (visited February 08, 2013).