Connecticut had the fourth highest concentration of jobs for private investigators in the county in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These 620 investigators earned a median salary of $36,530. Some made nearly double that amount with those in the top tenth wage percentile earning $70,420 in 2012.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salary data for selected cities in Connecticut. The information on the median salary and the salaries of those in the top tenth percentile are listed below for selected cities in the state:
New Haven is an excellent place to find work in Connecticut, since it has the third highest concentration of jobs for private investigators of any metropolitan area in the county. Twenty-four percent of the PIs in Connecticut were located in New Haven in 2012.
There are stringent requirements to become a private investigator in Connecticut. Applicants are required to be at least 25 years old and have five years of full time experience in one of the following:
- Being a registered private investigator
- Operating a detective agency
- Being an investigator with a law enforcement agency
- Being a detective with a law enforcement agency
- Any other related investigative experience
Applicants can also apply if they have had ten years of experience as a police officer. Education can substitute for up to a year of these requirements. Another requirement is to have insurance in the form of both:
- A performance surety bond for $10,000
- A general liability insurance policy for $300,000
Licenses are obtained from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for the state of Connecticut.
Detailed information on hourly and annual salaries for private investigators in various cities in Connecticut is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and listed below.