Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
30,460 7.9 % $25.41 $52,840 3.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.94 $16.86 $21.93 $30.20 $40.96
Annual Wage (2) $26,920 $35,070 $45,610 $62,820 $85,190


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 13,430 1.54 $25.32 $52,660
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,520 0.20 $27.79 $57,810
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,510 0.03 $28.08 $58,410
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 1,190 0.06 $26.22 $54,540
State Government (OES Designation) 1,180 0.05 $22.99 $47,830

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 13,430 1.54 $25.32 $52,660
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,520 0.20 $27.79 $57,810
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 910 0.17 $28.56 $59,410
Facilities Support Services 150 0.10 $22.31 $46,390
Legal Services 1,070 0.10 $26.05 $54,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 50 0.01 $40.85 $84,960
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 60 0.02 $40.07 $83,350
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $36.74 $76,420
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $35.41 $73,640
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 60 (7) $32.04 $66,650


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 4,380 0.28 1.28 $26.64 $55,420
Texas 3,320 0.29 1.30 $23.78 $49,460
Florida 2,790 0.35 1.60 $21.75 $45,240
Massachusetts 1,600 0.47 2.14 $22.90 $47,620
Pennsylvania 1,380 0.24 1.10 $21.82 $45,390



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)
Massachusetts 1,600 0.47 2.14 $22.90 $47,620
New Mexico 330 0.41 1.85 $16.19 $33,680
Mississippi 400 0.36 1.64 $16.17 $33,640
Florida 2,790 0.35 1.60 $21.75 $45,240
Texas 3,320 0.29 1.30 $23.78 $49,460



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alabama 190 0.10 0.47 $31.40 $65,300
Nebraska 100 0.11 0.49 $31.16 $64,800
New Jersey 730 0.19 0.85 $30.52 $63,480
New York 1,360 0.15 0.68 $28.56 $59,410
Connecticut 270 0.17 0.75 $28.06 $58,370




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,300 0.74 3.35 $24.95 $51,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 990 0.24 1.09 $29.49 $61,330
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 920 0.14 0.64 $30.87 $64,220
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 810 0.23 1.02 $20.47 $42,580
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 500 0.38 1.72 $25.42 $52,870
Pittsburgh, PA 430 0.38 1.72 $20.78 $43,230
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 420 0.41 1.85 $19.21 $39,960
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 340 0.39 1.74 $23.20 $48,260
Knoxville, TN 260 0.68 3.10 $29.89 $62,170
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 250 0.23 1.03 $21.02 $43,730



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)
Fort Collins, CO 170 1.18 5.33 $21.73 $45,200
Binghamton, NY 120 1.16 5.25 $27.85 $57,940
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,300 0.74 3.35 $24.95 $51,900
Knoxville, TN 260 0.68 3.10 $29.89 $62,170
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 100 0.65 2.96 $20.50 $42,650
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 50 0.60 2.70 $23.19 $48,240
Tallahassee, FL 100 0.60 2.71 $18.73 $38,960
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 180 0.57 2.56 $19.94 $41,480
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 40 0.45 2.05 $19.45 $40,460
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 420 0.41 1.85 $19.21 $39,960



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-Spokane Valley, WA (8) (8) (8) $49.45 $102,850
Bakersfield, CA 50 0.18 0.80 $37.53 $78,060
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 50 0.10 0.47 $37.07 $77,110
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 0.37 $36.63 $76,190
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $36.05 $74,990
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $33.01 $68,650
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.07 0.33 $31.91 $66,370
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 110 0.19 0.84 $31.59 $65,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.90 $64,270
Trenton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $30.89 $64,260

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)
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 1.58 $19.41 $40,370

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)
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 1.58 $19.41 $40,370

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)
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 1.58 $19.41 $40,370
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.97 $39,460
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.94 $37,300
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.67 $36,760


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016