Detectives & criminal investigators

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Total Workforce

118k

Average Age

42.9

Estimated Job Growth

4.51%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$79,653

Average Male Salary

$85,245

Average Female Salary

$66,704

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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 $79,653 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Detectives & criminal investigators by wage are Compliance officers, Credit counselors & loan officers, and Electrical powerline installers & repairers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Detectives & criminal investigators are Arlington County (South) PUMA, VA, George Washington Regional Commission (North) PUMA, VA, and Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission PUMA, VA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Detectives & criminal investigators are Carr 2-Carr 111 PUMA, PR, Arlington County (South) PUMA, VA, 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 Administration of environmental quality & housing programs. Detectives & criminal investigators are paid most in Ashburn (Southwest/Belmont Ridge) & Dulles Airport PUMA, VA but are relatively concentrated in Carr 2-Carr 111 PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$79,653

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,962

In 2017, Detectives & criminal investigators earned an average of $79,653, $27,588 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Compliance officers make somewhat more than Detectives & criminal investigators while Electrical powerline installers & repairers 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 2017, 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

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 Administration of human resource programs.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Detectives & criminal investigators, by average wage, are Administration of environmental quality & housing programs, National security & international affairs, and Public finance activities.

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Industries by Share

118k

2017 Workforce

± 8,429

-0.88%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 10.2%

The number of people employed as Detectives & criminal investigators has been declining at a rate of -0.88%, from 119,011 people in 2016 to 117,964 people in 2017.

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  76.6%, followed by National security & international affairs with 7.75% and Administration of human resource programs with 3.12%.

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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 43.4 and of female Detectives & criminal investigators is 41.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Detectives & criminal investigators is White.

Gender Composition

82.4k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 7,045

35.6k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 4,630

69.8% 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

  2. Black

  3. Other

79.2% of Detectives & criminal investigators are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.1% of Detectives & criminal investigators, Black 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

43.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.88

41.7

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.46

The median age of Detectives & criminal investigators is 42.9, and Male employees are generally 1.74 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 Social Perceptiveness, Science, and Complex Problem Solving.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Detectives & criminal investigators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Detectives & criminal investigators are expected to see a growth of 4.51% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

4.51%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Detectives & criminal investigators. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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