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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

33-9021 Private Detectives and Investigators

Gather, analyze, compile and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
30,990 7.0 % $27.31 $56,810 4.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.09 $17.82 $24.08 $32.88 $42.89
Annual Wage (2) $29,310 $37,060 $50,090 $68,400 $89,200


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 11,620 1.23 $27.50 $57,200
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,060 0.09 $25.95 $53,970
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,820 0.03 $28.99 $60,290
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 And 5223 only) 1,790 0.09 $27.92 $58,070
Legal Services 1,250 0.11 $25.91 $53,900

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 11,620 1.23 $27.50 $57,200
Other Personal Services 450 0.13 $20.48 $42,600
Facilities Support Services 200 0.13 $29.39 $61,140
Legal Services 1,250 0.11 $25.91 $53,900
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 620 0.10 $23.52 $48,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 70 0.02 $48.35 $100,560
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 640 0.03 $40.33 $83,890
Scheduled Air Transportation (8) (8) $36.29 $75,470
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $36.18 $75,260
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities (8) (8) $35.32 $73,460


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,870 0.23 1.06 $32.68 $67,970
Pennsylvania 3,100 0.53 2.47 $22.09 $45,950
Florida 2,860 0.33 1.55 $20.12 $41,850
New York 1,720 0.18 0.85 $29.78 $61,950
Texas 1,570 0.13 0.61 $23.68 $49,250




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 3,100 0.53 2.47 $22.09 $45,950
Alaska 110 0.35 1.65 $33.27 $69,210
Nevada 460 0.34 1.58 $30.81 $64,080
Florida 2,860 0.33 1.55 $20.12 $41,850
Louisiana 520 0.27 1.26 $22.63 $47,070




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 180 0.26 1.21 $34.71 $72,190
Alaska 110 0.35 1.65 $33.27 $69,210
California 3,870 0.23 1.06 $32.68 $67,970
Virginia (8) (8) (8) $32.01 $66,590
New Jersey 740 0.18 0.85 $30.89 $64,250





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,710 0.55 2.55 $33.14 $68,930
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,590 0.17 0.78 $29.21 $60,750
Pittsburgh, PA 1,390 1.22 5.69 $20.56 $42,770
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 700 0.26 1.22 $25.18 $52,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 670 0.11 0.51 $37.81 $78,650
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 670 0.14 0.67 $30.14 $62,690
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 500 0.17 0.78 $24.50 $50,950
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 480 0.45 2.09 $17.26 $35,890
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 430 0.22 1.02 (8) (8)
Columbus, OH 360 0.34 1.61 $23.42 $48,710




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pittsburgh, PA 1,390 1.22 5.69 $20.56 $42,770
Lafayette, LA 140 0.71 3.33 $21.17 $44,030
Salem, OR 100 0.57 2.65 $29.44 $61,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,710 0.55 2.55 $33.14 $68,930
Anchorage, AK 90 0.51 2.36 $33.05 $68,740
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 480 0.45 2.09 $17.26 $35,890
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 100 0.45 2.10 (8) (8)
Columbus, GA-AL 50 0.44 2.03 $21.95 $45,650
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 90 0.43 2.01 $20.37 $42,380
Tulsa, OK 190 0.43 2.01 $16.94 $35,220




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 670 0.11 0.51 $37.81 $78,650
Rochester, NY 40 0.08 0.36 $37.12 $77,210
Fresno, CA 90 0.23 1.06 $36.88 $76,700
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 350 0.14 0.67 $35.36 $73,550
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $33.30 $69,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,710 0.55 2.55 $33.14 $68,930
Anchorage, AK 90 0.51 2.36 $33.05 $68,740
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $32.15 $66,870
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $31.74 $66,020
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 360 0.36 1.69 $31.28 $65,070

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.88 4.10 $23.32 $48,510
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 1.30 $18.78 $39,070
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.19 (8) (8)
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.54 2.54 $20.69 $43,040
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 1.55 $20.32 $42,270

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.88 4.10 $23.32 $48,510
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.54 2.54 $20.69 $43,040
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.47 2.20 (8) (8)
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 1.55 $20.32 $42,270
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 1.30 $18.78 $39,070

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.29 $56,760
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.03 $54,140
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.88 4.10 $23.32 $48,510
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) (8) (8) (8) $22.20 $46,180
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.54 2.54 $20.69 $43,040


About May 2018 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019