Detective salary in the United States

Average salary
Based on 1,660 income tax records
Average salary by age
How much do Detectives make?
The average total salary for a Detective is $70,500 per year. This is based on data from 1,660 TurboTax users who reported their occupation as Detective and includes taxable wages, tips, bonuses, and more. Detective salary can vary between $41,000 to $130,000 depending on factors including education, skills, experience, employer & location. Read more
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Detective salary by location

Detective salary by company

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Salary range**
City Of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA
12 income tax records
$100K – $135K
City Of Chicago, Cook County, IL
14 income tax records
$77K – $135K
Lee County Office Of Sheriff, Lee County, FL
16 income tax records
$54K – $77K

Detective demographics in United States

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31% are single
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69% are married
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64% have kids
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75% own a home

Effective Tax Rates for Detectives in United States

1,660 full-time salaries from 2019
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The average salary for a detective in the United States is $70,500 per year. Detective salaries in the United States can vary between $41,000 to $130,000 and depend on various factors, including skills, experience, employer, bonuses, tips, and more.

This data is exclusive to Mint Salary and is based on 1,660 tax returns from TurboTax customers who reported their occupation as detective.

The following companies offer the highest salaries for detectives in the United States: City of Philadelphia ($109,000 a year), City of Chicago ($103,000 a year), and Lee County Office of Sheriff ($63,500 a year).

The following cities offer the highest salaries for detectives in the United States: Riverside Metro Area, CA ($116,500 a year), Boston Metro Area, MA ($110,000 a year), and New York Metro Area, NY ($107,500 a year).
Total salary amounts here include total taxable wages, tips, prizes and other compensation. Salaries here are not representative of the total population and may reflect different levels of experience or education. Learn more
Total salary ranges shown here exclude outliers.