Detectives & criminal investigators

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Total Workforce

126k

Average Age

43.3

Average Salary

$82,571

Average Male Salary

$87,284

Average Female Salary

$69,782

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Detectives & criminal investigators are most often employed by the Justice, public order, & safety activities  industry. The average yearly wage for Detectives & criminal investigators was $82,571 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Detectives & criminal investigators by wage are Advertising & promotions managers, Credit counselors & loan officers, and Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Detectives & criminal investigators are Carr 2 (Norte) PUMA, PR, Carr 2 (Sur) PUMA, PR, and Dale City, Lake Ridge & Woodbridge PUMA, VA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Detectives & criminal investigators are Carr 2 (Sur) PUMA, PR, Carr 2 (Norte) PUMA, PR, and Bayamón Municipio (Este) PUMA, PR.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Detectives & criminal investigators and on wages and locations for those in the field. Justice, public order, & safety activities is the industry that employs the most Detectives & criminal investigators, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Detectives & criminal investigators, by average wage, is Architectural, engineering & related services. Detectives & criminal investigators are paid most in Ashburn (Southwest/Belmont Ridge) & Dulles Airport PUMA, VA but are relatively concentrated in Carr 2 (Sur) PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$82,571

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,941

In 2018, Detectives & criminal investigators earned an average of $82,571, $28,683 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Advertising & promotions managers make somewhat more than Detectives & criminal investigators while Credit counselors & loan officers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Detectives & criminal investigators as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.268

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Detectives & criminal investigators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.268, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Detectives & criminal 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 Detectives & criminal investigators.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Detectives & criminal investigators

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

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Detectives & criminal investigators, by number of employees, are Justice, public order, & safety activities , National security & international affairs, and Executive offices & legislative bodies.

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Industries by Share

126k

2018 Workforce

± 8,710

6.79%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 9.31%

The number of people employed as Detectives & criminal investigators has been growing at a rate of 6.79%, from 117,964 people in 2017 to 125,977 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Detectives & criminal investigators employed by various industries. Justice, public order, & safety activities employs the largest share of Detectives & criminal investigators at  75.2%, followed by National security & international affairs with 6.44% and Executive offices & legislative bodies with 3.09%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Detectives & criminal investigators in the US. The average age of male Detectives & criminal investigators in the workforce is 44.4 and of female Detectives & criminal investigators is 40.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Detectives & criminal investigators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

92.1k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 7,447

33.9k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 4,521

73.1% of Detectives & criminal investigators are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Detectives & criminal investigators.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Detectives & criminal investigators

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)

  3. White (Hispanic)

68.6% of Detectives & criminal investigators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.3% of Detectives & criminal investigators, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Detectives & criminal investigators.

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Age by Gender

44.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.818

40.3

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.43

The median age of Detectives & criminal investigators is 43.3, and Male employees are generally 4.12 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Detectives & criminal investigators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Detectives & criminal investigators need many skills, but most especially Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Detectives & criminal investigators need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Operation Monitoring, and Critical Thinking.

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