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Private Investigators


The median annual wage for private investigators and detectives was $50,510 in May 2019, according to the Department of Labor. Salaries ranged from $30,390 to $89,760 or more. The average salary for those who worked in the investigation and security services industry was $56,070. Local government pays slightly higher wages; in 2019, private investigators working in this area earned an average of $62,270.

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