How much does a Criminal Investigator make in the United States? The average Criminal Investigator salary in the United States is $70,210 as of May 27, 2021, but the range typically falls between $52,669 and $77,495. 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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Job Description for Criminal Investigator

Criminal Investigator conducts investigations of criminal cases. Analyzes collected data or evidence and prepares documentation for legal action. Being a Criminal Investigator conducts surveillance and interviews witnesses. Interfaces with various law enforcement agencies. Additionally, Criminal Investigator may require an associate degree or its equivalent. Typically reports to a supervisor or a manager. The Criminal Investigator contributes to moderately complex aspects of a project. Work is generally independent and collaborative in nature. To be a Criminal Investigator typically requires 4 to 7 years of related experience. (Copyright 2021 View full job description

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