Thirty private investigators were employed in Delaware in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Their salaries varied widely. The annual median salary in 2012 was $36,530, while those in the highest income bracket averaged $70,420 that year.
A license from the Delaware State Police is required to become a PI in the state, although no specific training is required. There are a number of types of arrests that can disqualify a potential candidate and law enforcement agents are not permitted to become private investigators in Delaware.
Applicants must have been hired by a licensed agency before they can apply for their license. Licensed PIs are only allowed to work for one private detective agency at a time.
The work that private investigators do can vary greatly. Many specialize in financial matters. This can include investigating potential investors to ensure that they do not have a history of malfeasance or investigating the financial situation of the elderly to make sure that elder abuse is not taking place.
Other private investigators work for insurance companies investigating workers’ claim compensations. It is quite common for insurance companies to double check that the people getting this form of insurance are tangibly injured and not committing fraud.
Surveillance on potential cheating spouses is another line of work for private investigators, while many people have a potential mate investigated before they legally commit to a relationship.
Other types of work for PIs including consulting with defense attorneys to find out as much information as they can about the defendant’s case to help prepare the defense. Some PIs specialize in reviewing crime scene analyses to ensure that any evidence against their client has been processed properly.
Private investigators who have their own detective agency in Delaware may want to join the Delaware Association of Detective Agencies.