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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

33-3021 Detectives and Criminal Investigators

Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of federal, state, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes. Excludes "Private Detectives and Investigators" (33-9021).


National estimates for Detectives and Criminal Investigators
Industry profile for Detectives and Criminal Investigators
Geographic profile for Detectives and Criminal Investigators

National estimates for Detectives and Criminal Investigators: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Detectives and Criminal Investigators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
105,980 0.4 % $ 42.93 $ 89,300 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Detectives and Criminal Investigators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 22.13 $ 28.66 $ 41.80 $ 53.80 $ 70.19
Annual Wage (2) $ 46,020 $ 59,620 $ 86,940 $ 111,900 $ 146,000


Industry profile for Detectives and Criminal Investigators: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Detectives and Criminal Investigators are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Detectives and Criminal Investigators, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Detectives and Criminal Investigators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 41,630 0.77 $ 37.08 $ 77,120
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 41,270 1.98 $ 53.79 $ 111,880
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 22,120 1.01 $ 33.69 $ 70,070
Postal Service (federal government) 480 0.08 $ 50.15 $ 104,300
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 350 0.01 $ 34.81 $ 72,410

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Detectives and Criminal Investigators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 41,270 1.98 $ 53.79 $ 111,880
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 22,120 1.01 $ 33.69 $ 70,070
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 41,630 0.77 $ 37.08 $ 77,120
Postal Service (federal government) 480 0.08 $ 50.15 $ 104,300
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 80 0.03 $ 39.31 $ 81,770

Top paying industries for Detectives and Criminal Investigators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 41,270 1.98 $ 53.79 $ 111,880
Postal Service (federal government) 480 0.08 $ 50.15 $ 104,300
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 80 0.03 $ 39.31 $ 81,770
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 41,630 0.77 $ 37.08 $ 77,120
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 350 0.01 $ 34.81 $ 72,410


Geographic profile for Detectives and Criminal Investigators: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Detectives and Criminal Investigators are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Detectives and Criminal Investigators, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Detectives and Criminal Investigators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 17,400 1.44 1.89 $ 39.39 $ 81,920
California 12,140 0.74 0.97 $ 53.60 $ 111,480
New York 9,140 1.05 1.38 $ 46.63 $ 97,000
Florida 6,700 0.79 1.04 $ 38.64 $ 80,360
Arizona 5,700 2.01 2.64 $ 41.25 $ 85,790




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Detectives and Criminal Investigators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 1,650 2.09 2.75 $ 38.47 $ 80,010
Arizona 5,700 2.01 2.64 $ 41.25 $ 85,790
Texas 17,400 1.44 1.89 $ 39.39 $ 81,920
New York 9,140 1.05 1.38 $ 46.63 $ 97,000
Maine 550 0.96 1.26 $ 36.71 $ 76,360




Top paying states for Detectives and Criminal Investigators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 100 0.32 0.42 $ 60.74 $ 126,340
Maryland 910 0.36 0.47 $ 54.57 $ 113,500
Hawaii 430 0.74 0.97 $ 54.40 $ 113,150
California 12,140 0.74 0.97 $ 53.60 $ 111,480
New Jersey 3,150 0.83 1.09 $ 51.02 $ 106,120





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Detectives and Criminal Investigators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,750 0.88 1.15 $ 50.11 $ 104,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,850 1.61 2.11 $ 61.10 $ 127,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,890 0.67 0.88 $ 60.73 $ 126,320
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,120 2.23 2.93 $ 49.95 $ 103,900
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,270 0.52 0.68 $ 45.27 $ 94,160
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,220 0.88 1.16 $ 46.45 $ 96,610
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,140 0.81 1.07 $ 34.37 $ 71,490
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,910 0.64 0.85 $ 46.10 $ 95,880
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,910 0.71 0.93 $ 46.54 $ 96,800
El Paso, TX 1,790 5.92 7.77 $ 42.56 $ 88,520




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Detectives and Criminal Investigators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 910 28.88 37.91 $ 39.65 $ 82,480
Laredo, TX 1,270 12.82 16.82 $ 40.35 $ 83,940
El Centro, CA 690 12.01 15.77 $ 40.67 $ 84,600
Yuma, AZ 650 10.68 14.02 $ 40.29 $ 83,810
Las Cruces, NM 560 8.19 10.75 $ 41.36 $ 86,030
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 810 5.99 7.87 $ 42.33 $ 88,050
El Paso, TX 1,790 5.92 7.77 $ 42.56 $ 88,520
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 1,420 5.48 7.19 (8) (8)
Brunswick, GA 190 4.87 6.40 $ 59.82 $ 124,430
Tucson, AZ 1,720 4.67 6.13 $ 42.71 $ 88,830