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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Private Detectives and Investigators
Industry profile for Private Detectives and Investigators
Geographic profile for Private Detectives and Investigators

National estimates for Private Detectives and Investigators:

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

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
28,860 4.0 % $ 29.31 $ 60,970 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Private Detectives and Investigators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 15.45 $ 19.37 $ 28.55 $ 37.28 $ 47.15
Annual Wage (2) $ 32,130 $ 40,290 $ 59,380 $ 77,540 $ 98,070


Industry profile for Private Detectives and Investigators:

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

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 6,680 0.73 $ 26.40 $ 54,910
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,590 0.10 $ 32.33 $ 67,240
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 and 5223 only) 2,570 0.13 $ 32.95 $ 68,530
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,290 0.04 $ 32.20 $ 66,970
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 1,920 0.08 $ 27.50 $ 57,210

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 6,680 0.73 $ 26.40 $ 54,910
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 and 5223 only) 2,570 0.13 $ 32.95 $ 68,530
Legal Services 1,490 0.13 $ 29.17 $ 60,680
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,590 0.10 $ 32.33 $ 67,240
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 750 0.08 $ 36.94 $ 76,830

Top paying industries for Private Detectives and Investigators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 110 0.01 $ 50.62 $ 105,290
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 160 0.04 $ 47.59 $ 98,980
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $ 45.81 $ 95,280
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 120 0.03 $ 44.09 $ 91,710
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) (8) (8) $ 43.86 $ 91,230


Geographic profile for Private Detectives and Investigators:

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



Map of employment of private detectives and investigators by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,610 0.22 1.07 $ 31.33 $ 65,160
Florida 2,630 0.31 1.49 $ 28.53 $ 59,350
Texas 2,360 0.19 0.94 $ 27.84 $ 57,910
Pennsylvania 2,180 0.39 1.91 $ 24.40 $ 50,740
Ohio 1,690 0.32 1.58 $ 24.28 $ 50,510


Map of location quotient of private detectives and investigators by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 210 0.45 2.20 $ 30.92 $ 64,310
Virginia 1,500 0.40 1.95 $ 36.44 $ 75,800
Pennsylvania 2,180 0.39 1.91 $ 24.40 $ 50,740
Louisiana 660 0.37 1.80 $ 24.42 $ 50,790
Maryland 850 0.33 1.64 $ 27.04 $ 56,250


Map of annual mean wages of private detectives and investigators by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Private Detectives and Investigators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 360 0.14 0.68 $ 40.94 $ 85,160
Arkansas 170 0.15 0.71 $ 39.08 $ 81,280
Oregon 400 0.22 1.06 $ 37.73 $ 78,480
Virginia 1,500 0.40 1.95 $ 36.44 $ 75,800
Nevada 100 0.08 0.38 $ 35.99 $ 74,860



Map of employment of private detectives and investigators by area, May 2021


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,320 0.23 1.13 $ 30.04 $ 62,490
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,260 0.30 1.46 $ 34.76 $ 72,300
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,210 0.14 0.68 $ 32.58 $ 67,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,030 0.35 1.71 $ 39.20 $ 81,530
Pittsburgh, PA 1,020 0.98 4.80 $ 23.97 $ 49,860
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 880 0.36 1.76 $ 29.91 $ 62,210
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 800 0.31 1.52 $ 28.06 $ 58,370
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 660 0.51 2.50 $ 27.23 $ 56,630
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 630 0.28 1.38 $ 36.47 $ 75,860
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 630 0.17 0.85 $ 30.61 $ 63,680


Map of location quotient of private detectives and investigators by area, May 2021


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pittsburgh, PA 1,020 0.98 4.80 $ 23.97 $ 49,860
Jackson, MI 40 0.78 3.79 $ 44.89 $ 93,360
Salem, OR 130 0.75 3.67 $ 36.28 $ 75,460
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 270 0.54 2.62 $ 24.76 $ 51,510
Manchester, NH 60 0.53 2.61 $ 35.08 $ 72,960
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 660 0.51 2.50 $ 27.23 $ 56,630
Lafayette, LA 90 0.47 2.27 $ 21.57 $ 44,860
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 460 0.45 2.21 $ 26.24 $ 54,570
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 400 0.42 2.04 $ 23.35 $ 48,570
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 480 0.40 1.94 $ 37.16 $ 77,290


Map of annual mean wages of private detectives and investigators by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Private Detectives and Investigators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Jackson, MI 40 0.78 3.79 $ 44.89 $ 93,360
Bakersfield, CA 50 0.17 0.83 $ 43.79 $ 91,080
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 100 0.39 1.90 $ 42.19 $ 87,760
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 260 0.18 0.86 $ 41.84 $ 87,020
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,030 0.35 1.71 $ 39.20 $ 81,530
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 40 0.38 1.85 $ 38.67 $ 80,440
Colorado Springs, CO 30 0.12 0.59 $ 37.98 $ 79,000
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $ 37.91 $ 78,860
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 70 0.19 0.93 $ 37.49 $ 77,990
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 480 0.40 1.94 $ 37.16 $ 77,290

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Private Detectives and Investigators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.40 1.95 (8) (8)
Maryland nonmetropolitan area 70 1.25 6.12 $ 24.33 $ 50,610
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.65 $ 22.88 $ 47,580
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.98 $ 29.11 $ 60,550

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Private Detectives and Investigators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland nonmetropolitan area 70 1.25 6.12 $ 24.33 $ 50,610
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 100 0.40 1.95 (8) (8)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.98 $ 29.11 $ 60,550
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.65 $ 22.88 $ 47,580

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Private Detectives and Investigators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.98 $ 29.11 $ 60,550
Maryland nonmetropolitan area 70 1.25 6.12 $ 24.33 $ 50,610
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.65 $ 22.88 $ 47,580


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022