|Quick Facts: Private Detectives and Investigators|
$59,380 per year
$28.55 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Less than 5 years|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|6% (As fast as average)|
What Private Detectives and Investigators Do
Private detectives and investigators search for information about legal, financial, and personal matters.
Private detectives and investigators work in many places, depending on their assignment or case. Some spend more time in offices, researching cases on computers, while others spend more time in the field, conducting interviews and performing surveillance. Private detectives and investigators often work irregular hours.
How to Become a Private Detective or Investigator
Most private detectives and investigators need several years of work experience and a high school diploma. In addition, the vast majority of states require private detectives and investigators to have a license.
The median annual wage for private detectives and investigators was $59,380 in May 2021.
Employment of private detectives and investigators is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 3,700 openings for private detectives and investigators are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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