Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

33-9021 Private Detectives and Investigators

Gather, analyze, compile and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
28,210 6.5 % $22.99 $47,830 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.38 $15.69 $20.61 $27.95 $36.05
Annual Wage (2) $25,760 $32,630 $42,870 $58,130 $74,970


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 12,990 1.67 $21.17 $44,040
Depository Credit Intermediation 1,950 0.11 $22.13 $46,030
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,550 0.08 $23.53 $48,950
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,400 0.03 $24.31 $50,570
State Government (OES Designation) 1,320 0.06 $25.08 $52,170

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 12,990 1.67 $21.17 $44,040
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 890 0.16 $21.74 $45,210
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation 390 0.15 $19.71 $40,990
Depository Credit Intermediation 1,950 0.11 $22.13 $46,030
Legal Services 1,240 0.11 $24.86 $51,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 490 0.05 $43.66 $90,820
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 210 0.02 $38.21 $79,480
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $33.68 $70,060
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 200 0.04 $32.22 $67,020
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 160 0.03 $30.79 $64,050


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,300 0.24 1.06 $26.89 $55,920
Florida 2,810 0.40 1.78 $23.12 $48,080
Pennsylvania 2,330 0.43 1.92 $21.04 $43,770
New York 2,300 0.28 1.24 $24.22 $50,370
Virginia 1,430 0.40 1.82 $32.01 $66,590




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 1,280 0.50 2.24 $19.98 $41,560
Maryland 1,130 0.46 2.07 $19.86 $41,320
Pennsylvania 2,330 0.43 1.92 $21.04 $43,770
South Dakota 160 0.41 1.86 $17.88 $37,190
Virginia 1,430 0.40 1.82 $32.01 $66,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 1,430 0.40 1.82 $32.01 $66,590
Texas 1,410 0.14 0.63 $30.52 $63,480
Arkansas 50 0.04 0.19 $29.88 $62,150
New Jersey 320 0.09 0.38 $29.49 $61,340
Washington 350 0.13 0.59 $29.47 $61,300

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.46 2.08 $25.09 $52,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.69 3.11 $29.66 $61,700
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,030 0.47 2.10 $16.88 $35,110
Pittsburgh, PA 830 0.76 3.44 $17.80 $37,010
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 700 0.39 1.75 $23.62 $49,140
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 680 0.19 0.87 $18.48 $38,450
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 680 0.80 3.59 $20.75 $43,170
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 600 0.55 2.46 $20.23 $42,070
Baltimore-Towson, MD 530 0.43 1.92 $23.56 $49,010
Richmond, VA 420 0.72 3.26 $16.84 $35,030




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Carson City, NV 30 1.10 4.94 $28.30 $58,860
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 680 0.80 3.59 $20.75 $43,170
Pittsburgh, PA 830 0.76 3.44 $17.80 $37,010
Richmond, VA 420 0.72 3.26 $16.84 $35,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.69 3.11 $29.66 $61,700
Waterbury, CT 40 0.60 2.69 $14.79 $30,760
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 130 0.56 2.50 $23.18 $48,210
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 600 0.55 2.46 $20.23 $42,070
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 70 0.54 2.42 $17.14 $35,650
Tallahassee, FL 80 0.51 2.30 $17.95 $37,330




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.20 0.88 $35.45 $73,730
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.07 0.30 $35.07 $72,940
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 110 0.09 0.42 $33.57 $69,830
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.14 0.65 $33.28 $69,230
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.34 $67,260
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 60 0.05 0.24 $32.05 $66,660
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.09 0.42 $31.79 $66,120
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 0.42 $31.78 $66,100
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 70 0.15 0.69 $31.70 $65,930
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 320 0.39 1.74 $29.95 $62,310

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 1.38 $13.35 $27,760
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 1.21 $10.74 $22,330
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 1.60 $27.31 $56,800

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 1.60 $27.31 $56,800
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 1.38 $13.35 $27,760
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 1.21 $10.74 $22,330

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 1.60 $27.31 $56,800
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.66 $45,060
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.56 $38,610
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 1.38 $13.35 $27,760
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 1.21 $10.74 $22,330


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011