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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Child Protective Investigator Salary

$45,364 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$21.81 hourly

Entry level Salary
$35,000 yearly
$35,000
10 %
$45,364
Median
$58,000
90 %

How much does a Child Protective Investigator make?

Child protective investigators make $45,364 per year on average, or $21.81 per hour, in the United States. Child protective investigators on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $35,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $58,000.

Location impacts how much a child protective investigator can expect to make. Child protective investigators make the most in New Jersey, Hawaii, Texas, New Mexico, and New York.

Highest Paying States For Child Protective Investigators

The darker areas on the map show where child protective investigators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Child Protective Investigator average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Texas$51,496$24.76528
2Hawaii$55,612$26.7442
3New York$49,688$23.89361
4New Jersey$61,558$29.60176
5Maryland$48,493$23.31167
6Nevada$48,886$23.5046
7District of Columbia$48,516$23.3250
8Connecticut$45,463$21.8685
9North Dakota$46,906$22.5521
10North Carolina$44,135$21.22229
11Washington$45,837$22.04178
12New Mexico$50,730$24.3932
13Idaho$40,304$19.3850
14West Virginia$40,539$19.4935
15Virginia$41,569$19.99239
16Alaska$39,690$19.0836
17California$46,392$22.30527
18Illinois$42,291$20.33224
19Arizona$40,141$19.30138
20Maine$40,635$19.5423
21Delaware$40,084$19.2730
22Rhode Island$40,979$19.7017
23Montana$37,185$17.8847
24New Hampshire$41,638$20.0220
25Pennsylvania$37,448$18.00287
26Wisconsin$36,959$17.77136
27Vermont$38,122$18.3319
28Oregon$40,137$19.3076
29Iowa$38,964$18.7338
30Ohio$37,254$17.91168
31Minnesota$38,485$18.50117
32Utah$37,440$18.0051
33Massachusetts$36,291$17.45233
34Florida$35,150$16.90427
35Colorado$37,396$17.98119
36South Dakota$36,810$17.7013
37Kansas$35,134$16.8971
38Louisiana$35,288$16.9772
39South Carolina$36,596$17.5960
40Oklahoma$33,164$15.94124
41Georgia$35,495$17.06232
42Nebraska$32,732$15.7476
43Tennessee$35,554$17.0982
44Arkansas$34,401$16.5459
45Kentucky$35,120$16.8864
46Michigan$34,818$16.74138
47Wyoming$33,593$16.157
48Alabama$32,032$15.4075
49Missouri$27,893$13.41131
50Indiana$30,873$14.8489
51Mississippi$29,100$13.9931

Highest Paying Cities For Child Protective Investigators

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Camden, NJ$60,535$29.10
2Austin, TX$52,261$25.13
3Albuquerque, NM$50,588$24.32
4New York, NY$49,648$23.87
5Baltimore, MD$48,814$23.47
6San Jose, CA$46,771$22.49
7Seattle, WA$45,876$22.06
8Raleigh, NC$44,378$21.34
9Phoenix, AZ$40,226$19.34
10Portland, OR$39,664$19.07
11Allentown, PA$37,920$18.23
12Pensacola, FL$36,811$17.70
13Brockton, MA$36,466$17.53
14Lafayette, LA$35,798$17.21
15Atlanta, GA$35,522$17.08

Child Protective Investigator Salary Details

Child Protective Investigator Salary

What is a Child Protective Investigator's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$58,000$4,833$28
75th Percentile$51,000$4,250$25
Average$45,364$3,780$22
25th Percentile$39,000$3,250$19
10th Percentile$35,000$2,917$17

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Student Worker$24,167$2,014$11.6282,353
Youth Worker$32,644$2,720$15.6987,360
Family Support Worker$40,519$3,377$19.48159,875
Youth Advocate$34,926$2,910$16.7978,437
Family Worker$39,827$3,319$19.15101,552
School Social Worker$48,562$4,047$23.35122,376

Which Companies Pay Child Protective Investigators The Most?

The highest paying companies for child protective investigators are Washington State University and Florida Dept. Of Health according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Missouri Enterprise and Florida Department of Transportation report highly competitive wages for child protective investigators.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Washington State University$52,252$25.12
2Florida Dept. of Health$45,364$21.81
3Missouri Enterprise$45,364$21.81
4Florida Department of Transportation$45,364$21.81
5Manatee County Sheriff's Office$45,364$21.81
6Victoria's Secret$45,364$21.81
7Maine$43,095$20.7218
8Texas$40,669$19.55
9Macy's$40,592$19.5219
10State of Georgia: Teachers Retirement System of Georgia$40,541$19.49
11Dakota Holding Corporation$40,063$19.26
12Springwell$39,199$18.851
13Summit County$38,942$18.724
14State Of Florida$38,722$18.62
15Rite Aid$38,467$18.4945
16My Florida Regional Mls$38,291$18.4196
17Walmart$37,960$18.258
18Wake County$37,799$18.17
19The Fresh Market$34,802$16.73
20Scheels$33,253$15.99

Child Protective Investigator Salary Trends

The salary for a child protective investigator can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Average Child Protective Investigator Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Child Protective Investigator Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$45,400$21.81+2.1%
    2021$44,400$21.34+2.4%
    2020$43,300$20.84+4.1%
    2019$41,600$19.99+2.5%
    2018$40,500$19.48+2.1%

    Recently Added Child Protective Investigator Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Sherburne CountySocial Worker, Child Protection InvestigatorElk River, MN05/25/2022$62,360
    Florida Department of TransportationChild Protective InvestigatorJacksonville, FL05/22/2022$39,600
    Florida Department of TransportationChild Protective InvestigatorTrenton, NJ05/22/2022$39,600
    Florida Department of TransportationChild Protective InvestigatorLive Oak, CA05/22/2022$39,600
    Florida Department of TransportationChild Protective InvestigatorBronson, MI05/22/2022$39,600
    MyfloridaChild Protective InvestigatorJacksonville, FL05/21/2022$39,600
    Florida Department of TransportationSenior Child Protective InvestigatorOrlando, FL05/05/2022$41,500
    State of Maine, Bureau of Human ResourcesChild Protective Services InvestigatorAugusta, ME04/28/2022$41,538
    MyfloridaChild Protective InvestigatorOrlando, FL04/18/2022$39,600
    Florida Department of TransportationChild Protective InvestigatorWildwood, MO04/15/2022$39,600

    Child Protective Investigator Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Child Protective Investigators the most?

    New Jersey pays Child Protective Investigators the most in the United States, with an average salary of $61,558 per year, or $29.60 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Child Protective Investigator?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Child Protective Investigator if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Hawaii you should be paid close to $55,612 per year.

    What type of Child Protective Investigator gets paid the most?

    Probation Officer gets paid the most. Probation Officer made a median salary of $54,855. The best-paid 10 percent make $72,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $41,000.

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