Investigator Salary

Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
$51,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Robert Half International
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Average Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does an investigator make?
The national average salary for an Investigator in the United States is $80,414 per year or $38.66 per hour. The top 10 percent of earners make over $125,000 annually, whereas the bottom 10 percent of earners make under $51,000 per year. Health Care companies and Media companies tend to have the highest concentration of employment in this field. The top 5 states when it comes to Investigator salaries are California, Hawaii, Nevada, Delaware, and Connecticut. The typical employment in the position spans 3.4 years.

Average Investigator Salary By Location

Across America, Investigators make on average $80,414 annually or $38.66 hourly. The city with the highest Investigator salary is San Francisco, CA at $106,818 per year. The San Francisco, CA average entry-level salary for Investigators is $62,000. California, Hawaii, Nevada, Delaware, and Connecticut are the top 5 highest earning states for Investigators. The lowest earning states are Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, and Minnesota.

Map of Investigator Salaries

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

Average Salary:

Average Investigator Salary By Company

Investigators can expect good job security. Some industries pay higher than others. The most abundant employment opportunities for Investigators are in Health Care companies and Media companies. Robert Half International and National Institutes of Health are the highest paying companies. Also, companies like Monroe County Water Authority and Kelly Services pay their Investigators very well.

Average Investigator Pay By Industry

Wages for Investigators can differ based on the industry they work in. Our analysis shows that Technology companies, Professional companies, and Hospitality companies pay higher-than-average wages for Investigators. Technology companies pay Investigators an average salary of $87,057, Professional companies pay $85,750, and Hospitality companys come in at $84,351. The average salary for Investigators in the Finance industry is lower than the rest, coming in at $77,113.
Industry
Average Salary
Technology
Technology
$87,057
$87k
Professional
Professional
$85,750
$86k
Hospitality
Hospitality
$84,351
$84k
Government
Government
$81,873
$82k
Health Care
Health Care
$80,139
$80k
Finance
Finance
$77,113
$77k

Investigator Salary History

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

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Recently Added Investigator Salaries

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
United States Courts
Investigator (Capital Habeas Unit)-Temporary NTE
04/28/2020
$66,311
Investigator
04/22/2020
$41,782
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Investigator II-Offender Grievance
04/21/2020
$35,045
Investigator VI (Internal Affairs)-Downtown, Oahu
04/20/2020
$64,476
Law Enforcement Investigator II
04/15/2020
$52,958
Robert Half
Mortgage File Investigator
04/10/2020
$30,783
National Older Worker Career Center
Civil Investigator
04/03/2020
$26,547
Investigator III and IV Hilo, Hawaii Island
03/29/2020
$52,956
Investigator (Program Specialist II)
03/26/2020
$46,269
Dcyf Far/Cps Investigator (Sss3 In-Training)
03/21/2020
$49,932
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