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Private Investigator Salary Information for Colorado

According to 2012 salary date from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 320 private investigators in Colorado averaged $48,500 a year with top earners in the 90th percentile making $89,130 annually. 

The average wages of private investigators in selected Colorado cities is listed below, followed by the average salary of those in the top ten percent as of 2012:

Colorado City
Average Annual Salary
Colorado Springs
Fort Collins

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The average salary for Denver’s private investigators is the eighth highest of any average metropolitan salary for PIs in the county.

A license is not required to work as a private investigator in Colorado, but these professionals can volunteer to be licensed.  Having this license adds additional credibility to a PI in Colorado.

Licenses can be obtained from the Division of Professions and Occupations of the state’s Department of Regulatory Agencies.  A fingerprint background check is required to obtain such a license.

Once private investigators have been licensed and started working, they have a variety of potential clients.  Some PIs work for insurance companies determining whether people getting workman’s compensation are truly injured.  Others work with defense attorneys to gather as much information about the client and the case as they can.

Many PIs work for individuals.  In some cases, they determine whether or not potential investors are trustworthy, while in others they may ascertain the fidelity of spouses or loved ones.

Although Colorado does not have any educational requirements to become a PI, obtaining a degree such as one in criminal justice can help strengthen the analytical and critical thinking skills of potential PIs.

Detailed information about the employment levels and hourly and annual wages of private investigators in different Colorado cities is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  This information is provided below.

Private Investigator Salaries in Colorado

Area name
Annual mean wage
Colorado Springs CO
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield CO
Fort Collins-Loveland CO
Estimate not released

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