A large number of private investigators are employed in Florida. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2,160 PIs had jobs in the state in 2012. Salary data for that year indicated that the average annual private investigator salary in Florida was $43,980. Those in the top ten percent of wage earners made $65,550 a year.
The average salary for selected cities in Florida is listed below, followed by the salary of those in the top ten percent of the field:
The metropolitan area with the highest average salary of Florida cities listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics was North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota. It was $54,500 in 2012.
Private investigators working outside of cities can also earn high salaries in Florida. The average wage in the nonmetropolitan area of northeast Florida was $41,110—the top paying nonmetropolitan area in the country.
Private investigators in Florida that specialize in finance and insurance can expect to earn significantly more than the average, according to the state of Florida. Their median salary was $66,143 as compared to $41,200 for private investigators as a whole in the state. Only five percent of Florida’s PIs were employed in this area, however.
Licensing through the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is required to become a private investigator in Florida. A Class “C” license is required for individuals who work as private investigators in Florida. An additional Class “G” license is required for PIs who wish to carry a firearm.
To obtain a Class “C” license, applicants must either have two years of verifiable full-time experience working in investigations. Education in criminal justice, law enforcement administration, criminology or having obtained training for law enforcement officers can substitute for a year of this experience.
Detailed salary information on selected cities in Florida is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is presented below.