1. Home
  2. Career Explorer
  3. Criminal Investigator
  4. Salaries
Content has loaded

Criminal investigator salary in United States

How much does a Criminal Investigator make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $65,718
Low $35,361
High $122,137

The average salary for a criminal investigator is $65,718 per year in the United States. 158 salaries reported, updated at September 23, 2023

Is this useful?

Top companies for Criminal Investigators in United States

  1. U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    152 reviews27 salaries reported
    $113,523per year
Is this useful?

Highest paying cities for Criminal Investigators near United States

  1. Los Angeles, CA
    $97,902 per year
    8 salaries reported
  2. Washington, DC
    $84,586 per year
    8 salaries reported
  3. Denver, CO
    $84,163 per year
    5 salaries reported
  1. Colorado Springs, CO
    $77,105 per year
    7 salaries reported
  2. New York, NY
    $66,784 per year
    8 salaries reported
  3. Arlington, TX
    $53,736 per year
    6 salaries reported
  1. Atlanta, GA
    $51,830 per year
    6 salaries reported
  2. Houston, TX
    $49,297 per year
    5 salaries reported
  3. Omaha, NE
    $42,691 per year
    49 salaries reported
Is this useful?

Where can a Criminal Investigator earn more?

Compare salaries for Criminal Investigators in different locations
Explore Criminal Investigator openings
Is this useful?

Salary satisfaction

Based on 295 ratings

59% of Criminal Investigators in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

Is this useful?

How much do similar professions get paid in United States?


Job openings

Average $73,095 per year

Is this useful?

Common questions about salaries for a Criminal Investigator

As a criminal investigator how can I know if I am being paid fairly?

If you’re unsure about what salary is appropriate for a position, visit Indeed's Salary Calculator to get a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry and experience.

Was this answer helpful?

Career insights

Frequently searched careers

Registered Nurse

Police Officer

Software Engineer


Truck Driver

Administrative Assistant


Real Estate Agent

Nursing Assistant



Dental Hygienist