Private detectives & investigators

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Total Workforce

94k

Average Age

44.2

Average Salary

$59,860

Average Male Salary

$63,662

Average Female Salary

$55,549

About

Private detectives & investigators are most often employed by the Investigation & security services industry. The average yearly wage for Private detectives & investigators was $59,860 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Private detectives & investigators by wage are Firstline supervisors of office & administrative support workers, Logisticians, and Entertainment and recreation managers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Private detectives & investigators are Arlington County (South) PUMA, VA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Private detectives & investigators are Arlington County (South) PUMA, VA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Private detectives & investigators and on wages and locations for those in the field. Investigation & security services is the industry that employs the most Private detectives & investigators, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Private detectives & investigators, by average wage, is Management, scientific & technical consulting services. Private detectives & investigators are paid most in Lawrence, Haverhill & Methuen Town Cities PUMA, MA but are relatively concentrated in Arlington County (South) PUMA, VA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$59,860

AVERAGE SALARY

± $3,283

In 2018, Private detectives & investigators earned an average of $59,860, $5,972 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Firstline supervisors of office & administrative support workers make somewhat more than Private detectives & investigators while Entertainment and recreation managers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Private detectives & investigators as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.32

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Private detectives & investigators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.32, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Private detectives & investigators (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Private detectives & investigators.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Private detectives & investigators

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Private detectives & investigators.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Private detectives & investigators, by number of employees, are Investigation & security services, Banking & related activities, and Administration of economic programs & space research.

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Industries by Share

94k

2018 Workforce

± 7,523

8.45%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 10.7%

The number of people employed as Private detectives & investigators has been growing at a rate of 8.45%, from 86,634 people in 2017 to 93,957 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Private detectives & investigators employed by various industries. Investigation & security services employs the largest share of Private detectives & investigators at  21.1%, followed by Banking & related activities with 14.4% and Administration of economic programs & space research with 5.84%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Private detectives & investigators in the US. The average age of male Private detectives & investigators in the workforce is 45.9 and of female Private detectives & investigators is 42.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Private detectives & investigators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

49.9k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,485

44k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 5,151

53.1% of Private detectives & investigators are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Private detectives & investigators.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Private detectives & investigators

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)

  3. White (Hispanic)

59.6% of Private detectives & investigators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 18.9% of Private detectives & investigators, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Private detectives & investigators.

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Age by Gender

45.9

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.47

42.4

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.41

The median age of Private detectives & investigators is 44.2, and Male employees are generally 3.49 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Private detectives & investigators from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Private detectives & investigators is Protective Services but a relatively high number of Private detectives & investigators hold a major in Protective Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Private detectives & investigators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Private detectives & investigators need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Critical Thinking, and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Private detectives & investigators need more than the average amount of Programming, Writing, and Active Listening.

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