Police Detective Salaries


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 111,930 detectives were employed in police organizations in 2010. The average annual salary for these detectives was $75,720 with the top ten percent earning more than $122,290.  This is considerably more than the national average of $55,010 for other police officers and is a compelling reason to seek promotion to detective.

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In addition to time served on the job, other factors like higher rank and specialized duties have a significant impact on a police officer’s salary.  Many uniformed police officers achieve the rank of detective after several years of service.  Detectives are compensated with considerably higher salaries. For example, in the District of Columbia, the average salary for detectives was $94,620, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Detectives may also obtain special skills related to hostage negotiations, special operations or digital forensics that would allow them to enter more exclusive units.  Detectives in these units usually receive augmented salaries because they have additional training and are utilized in high-risk situations.

Compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the data contained in this table represents statewide salary averages for detectives and criminal investigators serving at the municipal level:

State
Employment
Annual Median Wage
Alabama
1100
49890
Alaska
120
96450
Arizona
5880
73400
Arkansas
580
38070
California
14430
92390
Colorado
1740
77000
Connecticut
1030
72070
Delaware
80
100300
District of Columbia
2730
122410
Florida
7080
62270
Georgia
4770
45600
Hawaii
280
90620
Idaho
360
56200
Illinois
2820
81640
Indiana
1020
48150
Iowa
440
63140
Kansas
1050
55220
Kentucky
600
51600
Louisiana
2180
47120
Maine
570
55540
Maryland
1160
89850
Massachusetts
1800
65920
Michigan
1810
71290
Minnesota
1200
66330
Mississippi
1080
45110
Missouri
1600
54480
Montana
550
61290
Nebraska
320
64220
Nevada
620
73410
New Hampshire
370
56730
New Jersey
2890
95860
New Mexico
1950
71780
New York
9300
79520
North Carolina
3430
45100
North Dakota
270
71770
Ohio
2620
65140
Oklahoma
1130
52700
Oregon
860
68730
Pennsylvania
3030
71630
Puerto Rico
720
46270
Rhode Island
360
68080
South Carolina
1060
46640
South Dakota
220
53540
Tennessee
1600
48210
Texas
16230
71760
Utah
480
56710
Vermont
260
73140
Virginia
3190
79000
Washington
1790
86770
West Virginia
400
38400
Wisconsin
1280
66240
Wyoming
190
60670

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