Private detectives & investigators

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Total Workforce

86.6k

Average Age

43.7

Estimated Job Growth

10.6%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$61,675

Average Male Salary

$68,044

Average Female Salary

$53,393

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Private detectives & investigators and on wages and locations for those in the field. Banking & related activities 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 Benton County PUMA, AR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$61,675

AVERAGE SALARY

± $3,561

In 2017, Private detectives & investigators earned an average of $61,675, $9,610 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers make somewhat more than Private detectives & investigators while Computer support specialists 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

0.328

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Private detectives & investigators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.328, 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

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 Banking & related activities, Investigation & security services, and Insurance carriers & related activities.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Private detectives & investigators, by average wage, are Management, scientific & technical consulting services, Scientific research & development services, and Air transportation.

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Industries by Share

86.6k

2017 Workforce

± 7,224

17.8%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 10.4%

The number of people employed as Private detectives & investigators has been growing at a rate of 17.8%, from 73,526 people in 2016 to 86,634 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Private detectives & investigators employed by various industries. Banking & related activities employs the largest share of Private detectives & investigators at  16.1%, followed by Investigation & security services with 15.8% and Insurance carriers & related activities with 6.1%.

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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 45.1 and of female Private detectives & investigators is 42, and the most common race/ethnicity for Private detectives & investigators is White.

Gender Composition

49k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,432

37.7k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 4,764

56.5% 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

  2. Black

  3. Asian

72.8% of Private detectives & investigators are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.3% of Private detectives & investigators, Black 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

45.1

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.45

42

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.43

The median age of Private detectives & investigators is 43.7, and Male employees are generally 3.09 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 Business 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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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Private detectives & investigators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Private detectives & investigators are expected to see a growth of 10.6% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

10.6%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

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

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