How much does a Private Investigator make in the United States? The average Private Investigator salary in the United States is $49,602 as of December 27, 2022, but the range typically falls between $40,102 and $60,002. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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25% $40,102 10% $31,453 90% $69,471 75% $60,002 $49,602 50%(Median)
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The Private Investigator may require an associate's degree or its equivalent and 2-4 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Conducts private investigations to locate missing persons, obtains confidential information, and solves crimes. Being a Private Investigator relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Is familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. In addition, Private Investigator performs a variety of complicated tasks. Typically reports to an executive or head of a unit/department. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. (Copyright 2023

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