Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
28,490 8.6 % $25.74 $53,530 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.08 $17.17 $23.17 $31.87 $41.86
Annual Wage (2) $27,210 $35,710 $48,190 $66,300 $87,070


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 13,100 1.45 $25.71 $53,480
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,640 0.03 $28.89 $60,100
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,420 0.06 $25.15 $52,310
State Government (OES Designation) 1,360 0.06 $22.38 $46,540
Legal Services 1,050 0.09 $26.14 $54,370

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 13,100 1.45 $25.71 $53,480
Facilities Support Services 230 0.15 $24.55 $51,060
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 580 0.10 (8) (8)
Business Support Services 790 0.09 $18.67 $38,840
Legal Services 1,050 0.09 $26.14 $54,370

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 (8) (8) $38.69 $80,480
Grocery Stores 30 (7) $35.40 $73,640
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $34.87 $72,520
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 50 0.01 $33.38 $69,420
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 60 (7) $31.10 $64,690


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 5,110 0.32 1.58 $29.62 $61,610
Florida 3,550 0.43 2.13 $22.81 $47,450
Texas 2,400 0.20 1.01 $20.95 $43,570
New York 1,960 0.22 1.06 $30.41 $63,260
Pennsylvania 1,360 0.24 1.16 $22.25 $46,290




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)
New Mexico 380 0.47 2.34 $17.62 $36,640
Florida 3,550 0.43 2.13 $22.81 $47,450
California 5,110 0.32 1.58 $29.62 $61,610
Massachusetts 1,080 0.31 1.54 $24.43 $50,820
New Hampshire 180 0.28 1.37 $21.44 $44,600




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 100 0.14 0.68 $35.94 $74,760
Virginia (8) (8) (8) $35.28 $73,390
Washington 300 0.10 0.48 $31.40 $65,310
New York 1,960 0.22 1.06 $30.41 $63,260
Missouri 240 0.09 0.43 $29.68 $61,730





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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,640 0.25 1.22 $32.34 $67,260
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 800 0.22 1.08 $20.48 $42,610
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 770 0.30 1.48 $22.01 $45,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.13 0.63 $38.88 $80,870
Pittsburgh, PA 490 0.43 2.13 $20.64 $42,920
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 340 0.39 1.90 $24.07 $50,050
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 320 0.28 1.39 $20.83 $43,330
Knoxville, TN 260 0.68 3.35 $29.27 $60,880
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.24 1.18 $27.60 $57,400
Jacksonville, FL 260 0.40 1.97 $22.30 $46,390




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)
Binghamton, NY 160 1.52 7.51 $24.24 $50,410
Knoxville, TN 260 0.68 3.35 $29.27 $60,880
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 130 0.59 2.92 $17.46 $36,320
Tallahassee, FL 100 0.58 2.88 $18.98 $39,490
Lafayette, LA 100 0.49 2.41 $18.65 $38,800
Pittsburgh, PA 490 0.43 2.13 $20.64 $42,920
Jacksonville, FL 260 0.40 1.97 $22.30 $46,390
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 340 0.39 1.90 $24.07 $50,050
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 190 0.31 1.55 $20.86 $43,380
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 770 0.30 1.48 $22.01 $45,780




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-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.13 0.63 $38.88 $80,870
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $36.69 $76,320
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 190 0.12 0.60 $35.67 $74,190
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.13 0.63 $35.66 $74,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $35.29 $73,400
Huntsville, AL 30 0.14 0.71 $34.37 $71,480
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.26 $34.32 $71,380
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 110 0.20 0.97 $32.75 $68,110
Fresno, CA 90 0.27 1.31 $32.52 $67,640
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,640 0.25 1.22 $32.34 $67,260

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)
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.69 $19.89 $41,370
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.24 $22.24 $46,260

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)
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.69 $19.89 $41,370
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.24 $22.24 $46,260

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)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.24 $22.24 $46,260
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.69 $19.89 $41,370
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.05 $37,540


About May 2016 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017