How much does a Police Detective make in the United States? The average Police Detective salary in the United States is $67,574 as of April 26, 2022, but the salary range typically falls between $54,597 and $81,716. 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. 

Based on HR-reported data: a national average with a geographic differential
25% $54,597 10% $42,782 90% $94,591 75% $81,716 $67,574 50%(Median)
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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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These charts show the average base salary (core compensation), as well as the average total cash compensation for the job of Police Detective in the United States. The base salary for Police Detective ranges from $54,597 to $81,716 with the average base salary of $67,574. The total cash compensation, which includes base, and annual incentives, can vary anywhere from $55,656 to $82,859 with the average total cash compensation of $67,574.

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