Private Investigator salary in the United States

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Based on 541 income tax records
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How much do Private Investigators make?
The average total salary for a Private Investigator is $38,500 per year. This is based on data from 541 TurboTax users who reported their occupation as Private Investigator and includes taxable wages, tips, bonuses, and more. Private Investigator salary can vary between $17,000 to $84,000 depending on factors including education, skills, experience, employer & location. Read more
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Private Investigator demographics in United States

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66% are single
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34% are married
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30% have kids
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43% own a home

Effective Tax Rates for Private Investigators in United States

541 full-time salaries from 2019
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The average salary for a private investigator in the United States is $38,500 per year. Private investigator salaries in the United States can vary between $17,000 to $84,000 and depend on various factors, including skills, experience, employer, bonuses, tips, and more.

This data is exclusive to Mint Salary and is based on 541 tax returns from TurboTax customers who reported their occupation as private investigator.

The following cities offer the highest salaries for private investigators in the United States: New York Metro Area, NY ($52,000 a year), Boston Metro Area, MA ($51,500 a year), and Denver Metro Area, CO ($48,000 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.