Private investigator

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

Average base salary
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382 salaries reported, updated at May 24, 2020
$21.12
per hour
The average salary for a private investigator is $21.12 per hour in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Flexible schedule
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance
  • Mileage reimbursement

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Most common benefits for Private Investigators

  • Flexible schedule
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Health insurance
  • Professional development assistance
  • Work from home

Salary satisfaction

Based on 382 ratings

57% of Private investigators in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area

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