Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
26,880 8.3 % $25.43 $52,880 3.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.98 $16.60 $21.43 $30.47 $41.13
Annual Wage (2) $27,000 $34,530 $44,570 $63,370 $85,560


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 10,420 1.22 $25.92 $53,910
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,330 0.19 $26.65 $55,430
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,320 0.06 $24.34 $50,630
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,300 0.02 $25.93 $53,930
State Government (OES Designation) 1,130 0.05 $22.18 $46,130

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 10,420 1.22 $25.92 $53,910
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,330 0.19 $26.65 $55,430
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 880 0.17 $27.85 $57,930
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 580 0.12 $37.17 $77,320
Legal Services 1,090 0.10 $27.76 $57,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 50 0.02 $39.18 $81,500
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 580 0.12 $37.17 $77,320
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $36.38 $75,670
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 130 0.02 $31.83 $66,210
Elementary and Secondary Schools 130 (7) $31.60 $65,730


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 3,640 0.24 1.21 $26.16 $54,410
Florida 2,430 0.32 1.60 $20.75 $43,170
Texas 2,220 0.20 0.99 $26.15 $54,400
Pennsylvania 1,560 0.28 1.39 $23.13 $48,100
New York 1,560 0.18 0.89 $26.44 $54,990



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)
Hawaii 200 0.32 1.61 $27.90 $58,030
Florida 2,430 0.32 1.60 $20.75 $43,170
New Mexico 230 0.29 1.47 $16.94 $35,240
Pennsylvania 1,560 0.28 1.39 $23.13 $48,100
Mississippi 300 0.28 1.39 $14.40 $29,940



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nebraska 220 0.23 1.16 $32.12 $66,800
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $30.54 $63,520
Alabama 150 0.08 0.41 $28.67 $59,640
Washington 360 0.12 0.62 $28.47 $59,220
Hawaii 200 0.32 1.61 $27.90 $58,030




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 1,110 0.27 1.37 $27.98 $58,190
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 710 0.13 0.67 $29.95 $62,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 680 0.28 1.43 $18.96 $39,440
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 630 0.17 0.85 $18.69 $38,870
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 560 0.30 1.50 $26.49 $55,100
Baltimore-Towson, MD 530 0.41 2.05 $24.71 $51,400
Pittsburgh, PA 500 0.44 2.21 $20.60 $42,840
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 400 0.40 2.00 $19.82 $41,230
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.30 1.52 $26.30 $54,710
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 310 0.26 1.31 $20.38 $42,390



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)
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 130 1.25 6.29 $22.88 $47,590
Port St. Lucie, FL 110 0.90 4.50 $20.42 $42,480
Binghamton, NY 90 0.89 4.45 $27.80 $57,830
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 110 0.78 3.92 $21.77 $45,280
Tallahassee, FL 100 0.63 3.14 $18.02 $37,480
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 50 0.57 2.85 $18.59 $38,660
Jackson, MS 120 0.47 2.35 $15.19 $31,590
Pittsburgh, PA 500 0.44 2.21 $20.60 $42,840
Lafayette, LA 70 0.42 2.13 $17.92 $37,280
Honolulu, HI 190 0.42 2.11 $27.93 $58,090



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)
Spokane, WA (8) (8) (8) $49.08 $102,090
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.07 0.35 $39.55 $82,250
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.14 0.70 $35.26 $73,330
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 60 0.12 0.62 $35.21 $73,230
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.15 0.74 $35.18 $73,180
Trenton-Ewing, NJ (8) (8) (8) $33.21 $69,070
Boulder, CO (8) (8) (8) $32.44 $67,470
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.16 $66,890
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.28 $31.65 $65,820
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.09 0.44 $31.50 $65,510

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)
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 2.53 $18.68 $38,860
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.16 (8) (8)

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)
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 2.53 $18.68 $38,860
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.16 (8) (8)

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)
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.82 $55,780
Central New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.23 $46,240
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 2.53 $18.68 $38,860


About May 2014 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015