How Much do Police Detectives Make?

Do police detectives make a lot of money? What is the average pay for police detectives?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, police detectives in the United States earn an average of $86,030 a year, equivalent to $41.36 an hour. Police detectives make 61% more than the average American worker.

Police detectives in Alaska are the best paid, making $113,420 a year, while police detectives in South Carolina make the least at $59,410.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Police Detective Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $66.91 $139,180
75th $51.47 $107,050
50th $39.99 $83,170
25th $28.31 $58,890
10th $21.57 $44,860
Police Detective Wages by State

In what states do police detectives make the most? In what states do police detectives make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $31.65 $65,830
Alaska $54.53 $113,420
Arizona $40.22 $83,650
Arkansas $29.91 $62,210
California $51.81 $107,760
Colorado $43.60 $90,680
Connecticut $43.95 $91,430
Delaware $44.61 $92,790
Florida $36.65 $76,220
Georgia $32.60 $67,820
Hawaii $52.56 $109,320
Idaho $35.90 $74,680
Illinois $41.78 $86,910
Indiana $33.63 $69,960
Iowa $35.15 $73,120
Kansas $30.76 $63,980
Kentucky $36.85 $76,650
Louisiana $30.82 $64,100
Maine $35.11 $73,040
Maryland $49.12 $102,170
Massachusetts $49.21 $102,350
Michigan $42.59 $88,580
Minnesota $38.73 $80,560
Mississippi $31.41 $65,330
Missouri $35.33 $73,480
Montana $39.05 $81,220
Nebraska $35.93 $74,730
Nevada $41.83 $87,010
New Hampshire $38.63 $80,340
New Jersey $49.74 $103,460
New Mexico $37.10 $77,170
New York $44.52 $92,600
North Carolina $29.75 $61,880
North Dakota $37.94 $78,920
Ohio $37.39 $77,770
Oklahoma $31.70 $65,930
Oregon $45.48 $94,590
Pennsylvania $42.05 $87,460
Rhode Island $41.88 $87,100
South Carolina $28.56 $59,410
South Dakota $34.42 $71,580
Tennessee $34.18 $71,090
Texas $38.22 $79,490
Utah $39.87 $82,930
Vermont $40.72 $84,700
Virginia $47.58 $98,960
Washington $47.01 $97,770
West Virginia $43.12 $89,690
Wisconsin $38.66 $80,410
Wyoming $39.37 $81,890
Metro Areas Where Police Detectives Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Oxnard, CA $60.50 $125,850
Anchorage, AK $58.83 $122,370
Los Angeles, CA $58.72 $122,130
San Francisco, CA $58.70 $122,100
Washington, DC $58.21 $121,070
Brunswick, GA $57.16 $118,890
Honolulu, HI $54.66 $113,690
Santa Barbara, CA $53.22 $110,700
Seattle, WA $52.86 $109,950
San Jose, CA $52.06 $108,280
Police Detective Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $41.36 $86,030
2018 $40.88 $85,020
2017 $40.06 $83,320
2016 $39.18 $81,490
2015 $38.28 $79,620
2014 $38.72 $80,540
2013 $38.00 $79,030
2012 $37.43 $77,860
2011 $36.41 $75,720