Private detectives & investigators

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2019 Workforce
96.1k
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Average Age
43.1
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Average Salary
$61,161
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Average Male Salary
$65,515
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Average Female Salary
$56,372
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About

Private detectives & investigators are most often employed by the Investigation & security services industry. The average yearly wage for Private detectives & investigators was $61,161 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Private detectives & investigators by wage are Fashion designers, Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers, and Speechlanguage pathologists.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Private detectives & investigators are Ashburn (Southwest/Belmont Ridge) & Dulles Airport PUMA, VA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Private detectives & investigators are Ashburn (Southwest/Belmont Ridge) & Dulles Airport 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 Public finance activities. Private detectives & investigators are paid most in Lawrence, Haverhill & Methuen Town Cities PUMA, MA but are relatively concentrated in Ashburn (Southwest/Belmont Ridge) & Dulles Airport PUMA, VA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$61,161
AVERAGE SALARY
± $3,170

In 2019, Private detectives & investigators earned an average of $61,161, $5,637 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Fashion designers make somewhat more than Private detectives & investigators while Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers 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

0.344
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Private detectives & investigators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.344, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 human resource programs.

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Industries by Share

96.1k
2019 Workforce
± 7,609
2.29%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 11%

The number of people employed as Private detectives & investigators has been growing at a rate of 2.29%, from 93,957 people in 2018 to 96,107 people in 2019.

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  18.5%, followed by Banking & related activities with 17.9% and Administration of human resource programs with 7.03%.

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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 and of female Private detectives & investigators is 40.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Private detectives & investigators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

50.3k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,508
45.8k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 5,251

52.4% 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)

59.2% of Private detectives & investigators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16.8% 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
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.44
40.9
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.42

The median age of Private detectives & investigators is 43.1, and Male employees are generally 4.15 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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