How much does a Police Detective make in the United States? The average Police Detective salary in the United States is $34,662 as of March 26, 2024, but the salary range typically falls between $28,389 and $50,010. 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, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target.

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Police Detective Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Police Detective Salary $22,677 US March 26, 2024
25th Percentile Police Detective Salary $28,389 US March 26, 2024
50th Percentile Police Detective Salary $34,662 US March 26, 2024
75th Percentile Police Detective Salary $50,010 US March 26, 2024
90th Percentile Police Detective Salary $63,984 US March 26, 2024
25% $28,389 10% $22,677 90% $63,984 75% $50,010 $34,662 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What is a Police Detective ?

A detective is an investigator, usually a member of a law enforcement agency. They often collect information to solve crime by talking to witnesses and informants, collecting physical evidence, or searching records in databases. This leads them to arrest criminals and enable them to be convicted in court. A detective may work for the police or privately....

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This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide program (NY HELPS). For the duration of the NY HELPS Program, this title may be filled via a non-competitive appointment, if they meet the below NY HELPS minimum qualifications. NY HELPS Minimum Qualifications: Investigative Officer: Five years of experience in a field investigative position conducting interviews of witnesses and others, taking written statements and affidavits, collecting and analyzing physical and documentary evidence, and preparing detailed written reports of investigative findings. Substitutions: An associate degree in criminal justice or related field may substitute for two years of qualifying experience. A bachelor's degree in criminal justice or related field may substitute for four years of qualifying experience. Related fields include law enforcement, police science, criminal justice administration, criminology, criminal investigation, police studies, public justice, forensic a
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StateJobsNY - New York , NY
Permanent Transfer Candidate: Current NYS Department of Health employee with one year of permanent or contingent-permanent, competitive service as an Investigative Specialist 1, G18 OR NYS employee with one year of permanent or contingent-permanent, competitive service in a title G16 or higher and eligible to transfer under Section 70.1 or Section 52.6 of the Civil Service Law. Non Competitive Candidates: Six years of experience in a field investigative position conducting interviews of witnesses and others, taking written statements and affidavits, collecting and analyzing physical and documentary evidence, and preparing detailed written reports of investigative findings. Types of Investigative experience that could be considered qualifying: experience in such positions as police detective, insurance investigator, licensed and registered private investigator, federal investigator, state investigator, municipal investigator, child protective services investigator, in an investigative p
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Permanent Transfer Candidates: Current NYS Department of Health employee with one year of permanent or contingent-permanent, competitive, service as an Investigative Specialist 1 (Narcotics) SG18 OR NYS employee with one year of permanent or contingent-permanent, competitive, service in a position SG16 or higher and eligible to transfer under Section 70.1 of NYS Civil Service Law. Non-Competitive Candidates: Six years of experience in a field investigative position conducting interviews of witnesses and others, taking written statements and affidavits, collecting and analyzing physical and documentary evidence, and preparing detailed written reports of investigative findings. Types of Investigative experience that could be considered qualifying: experience in such positions as police detective, insurance investigator, licensed and registered private investigator, federal investigator, state investigator, municipal investigator, child protective services investigator, in an investigativ
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Air Force Civilian Service - San Antonio , TX
Come be a part of something big! Smart Minds, Cool Jobs and Awesome Rewards! Fueled by innovation, talent and ambition, the Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) is seeking civilian professionals prepared to deploy war-winning capabilities on behalf of the United States Air Force. Experience a fabulous career as a Police Officer (GS-0083-07) as part of America’s Federal civil service! The Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) is recruiting for Police Officers to work at Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston TX. ***This is a Federal Government civilian position – no active or reserve duty commitments*** DUTIES: • Incumbent has full powers of apprehension and detention, which entails carrying a firearm, mirandizing suspects, preserving evidence and testifying in court as it pertains to enforcing regulations within assigned jurisdiction. • Conducts investigations of crimes and complaints covering a wide range of subjects and allegations that are not within the scope of Air Force Office of Speci
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Air Force Civilian Service -
Come be a part of something big! Smart Minds, Cool Jobs and Awesome Rewards! Fueled by innovation, talent and ambition, the Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) is seeking civilian professionals prepared to deploy war-winning capabilities on behalf of the United States Air Force. Experience a fabulous career as a Police Officer (GS-0083-07) as part of America’s Federal civil service! The Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) is recruiting for Police Officers to work at Joint Base Charleston, SC. ***This is a Federal Government civilian position – no active or reserve duty commitments*** DUTIES: • Incumbent has full powers of apprehension and detention, which entails carrying a firearm, mirandizing suspects, preserving evidence and testifying in court as it pertains to enforcing regulations within assigned jurisdiction. • Conducts investigations of crimes and complaints covering a wide range of subjects and allegations that are not within the scope of Air Force Office of Special Investigations
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City of Novato, CA - Novato , CA
Salary : $88,220.76 - $107,076.12 Annually Location : Novato, CA Job Type: Full-Time Job Number: 2023-34 Department: Police Opening Date: 09/25/2023 Closing Date: Continuous Job Description Come Join Our Team! THE CITY OF NOVATO IS RECRUITING FOR POLICE OFFICER - LATERAL/ACADEMY GRADUATE Open and Continuous Applicants will be considered as they apply. Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job. DEFINITION To perform law enforcement and crime prevention work; to control traffic flow and enforce State and local traffic regulations; to perform investigative work and other special assignments; and to perform a variety of technical law enforcement tasks. SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED Receives general supervision from higher level police personnel. Example of Duties ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTSEssential and other im
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