Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
30,980 8.3 % $26.48 $55,080 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.84 $17.98 $24.38 $32.89 $41.70
Annual Wage (2) $28,780 $37,390 $50,700 $68,400 $86,730


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 13,150 1.44 $25.14 $52,280
General Merchandise Stores 3,200 0.10 $22.30 $46,380
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,100 0.09 $24.74 $51,470
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,830 0.03 $28.82 $59,940
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 And 5223 only) 1,810 0.09 $25.47 $52,970

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 13,150 1.44 $25.14 $52,280
Facilities Support Services 250 0.16 $25.79 $53,630
Legal Services 1,200 0.11 $25.62 $53,300
General Merchandise Stores 3,200 0.10 $22.30 $46,380
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,100 0.09 $24.74 $51,470

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 50 0.01 $41.71 $86,760
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 750 0.04 $38.06 $79,160
Scheduled Air Transportation 40 0.01 $33.82 $70,350
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $33.51 $69,710
Telecommunications 190 0.02 $32.78 $68,190


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 4,240 0.25 1.17 $32.35 $67,300
Florida 3,840 0.46 2.10 $21.36 $44,420
Pennsylvania 3,080 0.53 2.45 $21.36 $44,430
Texas 1,800 0.15 0.70 $23.75 $49,400
New York 1,750 0.19 0.87 $30.00 $62,400




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 3,080 0.53 2.45 $21.36 $44,430
Florida 3,840 0.46 2.10 $21.36 $44,420
Nevada 460 0.35 1.63 $29.22 $60,770
New Hampshire 220 0.34 1.56 $24.46 $50,870
Montana 120 0.25 1.16 $23.30 $48,470




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 170 0.23 1.08 $37.02 $77,000
Virginia (8) (8) (8) $33.93 $70,580
California 4,240 0.25 1.17 $32.35 $67,300
New Jersey 710 0.18 0.81 $32.27 $67,130
Washington 380 0.12 0.54 $30.77 $63,990



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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 Metropolitan Division 2,180 0.87 3.98 $33.85 $70,400
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,720 1.34 6.18 $24.36 $50,670
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,620 0.24 1.11 $30.66 $63,770
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 650 0.25 1.15 $25.57 $53,180
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 600 0.16 0.75 $28.03 $58,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.12 0.57 $37.96 $78,960
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 390 0.41 1.87 $28.69 $59,680
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 370 0.35 1.63 $19.40 $40,350
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.21 0.98 $30.05 $62,500
Columbus, OH 330 0.32 1.45 $21.72 $45,180


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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)
Rocky Mount, NC 80 1.37 6.29 $21.92 $45,590
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,720 1.34 6.18 $24.36 $50,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,180 0.87 3.98 $33.85 $70,400
Las Cruces, NM 60 0.82 3.78 $24.72 $51,410
Missoula, MT 30 0.57 2.61 $30.71 $63,880
Salem, OR 90 0.55 2.52 $27.89 $58,010
Binghamton, NY 50 0.53 2.44 $14.55 $30,270
Saginaw, MI 40 0.52 2.38 $27.58 $57,360
Columbus, GA-AL 60 0.50 2.29 $20.37 $42,360
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 60 0.49 2.25 $27.46 $57,120


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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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 200 0.12 0.56 $39.19 $81,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.12 0.57 $37.96 $78,960
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.14 0.64 $37.67 $78,360
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.20 $36.36 $75,630
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.14 0.66 $34.24 $71,220
Fresno, CA 90 0.25 1.16 $34.23 $71,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,180 0.87 3.98 $33.85 $70,400
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $33.84 $70,380
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $33.39 $69,460
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 50 0.07 0.33 $33.38 $69,430

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)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.93 $24.83 $51,640

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)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.93 $24.83 $51,640

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)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.93 $24.83 $51,640
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) (8) (8) (8) $20.84 $43,350
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.52 $42,670
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.84 $39,200
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.31 $36,010


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018