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Private Investigators

Earnings

The median annual wage for private investigators and detectives was $45,610 in May 2015, according to the Department of Labor. Salaries ranged from $26,920 to $85,190 or more. The average salary for those who worked in the investigation and security systems industry was $52,660. Local government pays slightly higher wages; in 2015, private investigators working in this area earned an average of $58,410.

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