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Median annual earnings of police detectives and criminal investigators were $77,210 in May 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The lowest paid 10 percent earned $41,200 or less, while the highest paid 10 percent earned more than $128,690 annually. Median annual earnings were $101,700 for those worked for federal government agencies; for state agencies, $60,250; and for local agencies, $67,700. 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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