How much does a Detective make hourly in the United States? The average hourly wage for a Detective in the United States is $32 as of October 28, 2020, but the salary range typically falls between $28 and $35. Hourly rate 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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What is a 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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The Asset Protection Detective's primary responsibility is to prevent the loss of company property while maintaining a safe business environment. Support store's efforts in providing the best ...
Recruitics REACH - 61 days ago
HUB Enterprises, Inc - Charlottesville , VA
Private Investigator or detective experience. * Proven history in a closely related field. Requirements: * Must be eligible for licensure as a Private Investigator in your home state and surrounding ...
ZipRecruiter - 31 days ago
The Civil Group of Leidos has a career opportunity for a Key Account Manager to assist the Security Detection and Automation operations in driving the profitable growth of our TSA account. POSITION ...
Appcast Agency - 45 days ago
Xator Corporation - Reston , VA
Minimum one year polygraph experience with strong ability to conduct physiological detection of deception (PDD) countermeasures * Military counterintelligence experience preferred, not required
ZipRecruiter - 20 days ago
The Civil Group of Leidos has a career opportunity for a Senior Capture Manager to assist the Security Detection and Automation (SD&A) business in pursuing profitable growth, reporting directly to ...
Appcast Agency - 68 days ago
American Leak Detection, Inc. - Sterling , VA
American Leak Detection provides water leak detection and line locating services to commercial and residential customers. We are seeking a mechanically inclined and highly motivated individual to ...
ZipRecruiter - 48 days ago
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