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how much does a PI(Private Investigator) make annually

one of my many passions is investigating but i am wondering if PI's make good money annually or if they get payed by how many cases they solve #income #general

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Wayne’s Answer

Hi Michaela,

According to Indeed.com, the average salary for a private investigator is $17.67 per hour in the United States which equates to about $35000 per year.

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Kruti’s Answer

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median pay for a private investigator or detective, as of 2018, is about $50,000 annually or $24 per hour. The highest 10% of investigators earned close to $90,000 per year.
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Tiffanie’s Answer

Hi! As far as I understand most PIs are contract based so you’d have to find your own work and charge your own rate. It would be a lot of networking and building a customer base to determine how much you can charge and how much work you’d have.
Thank you comment icon thank you i appreciate the answer i will definitely look into it as i do want to take a class in criminology michaela
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