2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
Police Detectives conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.
Table of contents
- Average salary
- Starting salary
- Salary rank
- Salary range
- Highest paying states
- Highest paying industries
Entry-level Police Detectives with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $46,020 to $59,620 per year or $22 to $29 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.
We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Police Detectives to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.
|Highest (Top 10%)||$70||$146,000|
|Senior (Top 25%)||$54||$111,900|
|Middle (Mid 50%)||$42||$86,940|
|Junior (Bottom 25%)||$29||$59,620|
|No experience (Bottom 10%)||$22||$46,020|
Highest paying states
Another simple way to increase your salary as a Police Detective is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at AK might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.
According to BLS, the highest paid Police Detectives are in the states of AK, MD, HI, CA and NJ.
Highest paying industries
|Salary by industry||Annual||Hourly|
|Federal Executive Branch||$111880||$53.79|
|Postal Service (Federal Government)||$104300||$50.15|
|Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals||$81770||$39.31|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||$72410||$34.81|