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Median annual earnings of police detectives and criminal investigators were $81,920 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The lowest paid 10 percent earned $43,800 or less, while the highest paid 10 percent earned more than $138,860 annually. Median annual earnings were $108,770 for those worked for federal government agencies; for state agencies, $66,700; and for local agencies, $72,340. Compensation generally increases considerably with experience. Police departments generally offer better than average benefits, including health insurance, paid vacation, sick days, and pension plans.

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