Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
23,390 7.4 % $24.42 $50,780 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.31 $16.84 $21.99 $30.16 $38.36
Annual Wage (2) $27,670 $35,030 $45,740 $62,730 $79,790


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 11,020 1.36 $22.45 $46,700
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,430 0.03 $26.47 $55,060
Legal Services 1,270 0.11 $28.61 $59,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,170 0.06 $24.26 $50,460
State Government (OES Designation) 1,010 0.05 $22.13 $46,030

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 11,020 1.36 $22.45 $46,700
Office Administrative Services 480 0.12 $25.90 $53,870
Legal Services 1,270 0.11 $28.61 $59,510
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 450 0.09 $33.95 $70,620
Facilities Support Services 100 0.08 $26.39 $54,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 330 0.03 $35.51 $73,860
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 60 0.02 $35.18 $73,180
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 110 0.03 $34.54 $71,850
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 450 0.09 $33.95 $70,620
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 210 0.01 $33.87 $70,440


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)
New York 3,220 0.38 2.10 $25.21 $52,430
California 2,910 0.20 1.13 $28.35 $58,970
Florida 2,160 0.30 1.65 $21.14 $43,980
Pennsylvania 2,070 0.37 2.06 $22.89 $47,610
Texas 1,420 0.13 0.75 $31.16 $64,810




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)
Maryland 1,270 0.51 2.82 $20.05 $41,700
South Dakota 160 0.41 2.26 $16.21 $33,720
New York 3,220 0.38 2.10 $25.21 $52,430
Connecticut 620 0.38 2.14 $20.00 $41,600
Pennsylvania 2,070 0.37 2.06 $22.89 $47,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 310 0.11 0.63 $33.90 $70,510
Texas 1,420 0.13 0.75 $31.16 $64,810
Alaska 110 0.35 1.95 $30.68 $63,810
Virginia 620 0.17 0.96 $30.19 $62,800
Nebraska 320 0.35 1.97 $30.03 $62,470





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.46 2.56 $23.80 $49,500
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 950 0.52 2.91 $23.39 $48,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.21 1.14 $30.44 $63,310
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 690 0.19 1.06 $20.97 $43,610
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 690 0.33 1.84 $30.73 $63,910
Baltimore-Towson, MD 450 0.36 1.98 $24.67 $51,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 440 0.19 1.08 $21.59 $44,900
Pittsburgh, PA 390 0.35 1.94 $23.30 $48,460
St. Louis, MO-IL 390 0.30 1.69 $26.18 $54,460
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 360 0.32 1.77 $20.21 $42,050




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)
Tallahassee, FL 120 0.75 4.19 $16.65 $34,640
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 110 0.69 3.86 $20.66 $42,960
New Haven, CT 150 0.57 3.17 $20.53 $42,700
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 250 0.55 3.06 $29.57 $61,500
Fayetteville, NC 70 0.55 3.04 $27.77 $57,770
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 950 0.52 2.91 $23.39 $48,640
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.46 2.56 $23.80 $49,500
Jackson, MS 110 0.45 2.52 $10.87 $22,610
Worcester, MA-CT 100 0.41 2.26 $25.48 $53,010
Gainesville, FL 50 0.38 2.11 $16.51 $34,340




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.10 0.58 $38.88 $80,870
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.19 1.05 $38.41 $79,900
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 50 0.10 0.54 $37.21 $77,390
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 130 0.10 0.58 $35.03 $72,870
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 130 0.05 0.27 $32.49 $67,590
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 160 0.11 0.64 $32.22 $67,030
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.14 0.77 $32.13 $66,820
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 110 0.09 0.50 $32.03 $66,610
Provo-Orem, UT (8) (8) (8) $31.30 $65,110
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 690 0.33 1.84 $30.73 $63,910

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)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.53 2.93 $11.48 $23,880
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.83 $19.23 $39,990
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.49 $17.51 $36,430
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 1.24 $19.77 $41,110

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)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.53 2.93 $11.48 $23,880
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.83 $19.23 $39,990
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.49 $17.51 $36,430
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 1.24 $19.77 $41,110

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 Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 1.24 $19.77 $41,110
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.83 $19.23 $39,990
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.49 $17.51 $36,430
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.52 $30,190
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.53 2.93 $11.48 $23,880


About May 2012 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 mean 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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