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Private Detectives and Investigators

Wages & Outlook


Typical Wages

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $24.85
Statewide median: $20.95


Wages for Private Detectives and Investigators *

Area Low Median High
$18.39 $24.85 $33.94
Central Minnesota
$22.26 $24.58 $27.51
Northwest Minnesota
$17.18 $18.83 $26.76

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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In Minnesota, there are 490 workers employed in this very small career.

Where do Private Detectives and Investigators most often work?


Current Demand

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This career is currently in moderate demand.


Future Demand

This career is seeing high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 250 new Private Detectives and Investigators to meet market demand between 2016-2026. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.


Employment Outlook for Private Detectives and Investigators
Area Employment Employment Change
2018 2028 Number Percent
U S 33,000 35,600 2,600 7.9%
Minnesota 2016 2026 Number Percent
Statewide 234 255 21 9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 152 174 22 14.5%

Source: You can learn about our data sources in the About Us section.