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Private Investigator Salary Information for Georgia

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average annual salary for private investigators in Georgia was $40,580 with experienced PIs in the top ten percent of salary earners making $70,480. 

The median salary for selected cities in the state are listed below, followed by the average salaries of those in the top ten percent:

Georgia City
Average Annual Salary

Georgia is a good area to find employment as a private investigator, since the Atlanta area had the seventh highest level of employment of PIs in the country in 2012.  Seventy-seven percent of the state’s PIs were based in this area.

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The employment levels of private investigators in Georgia are expected to increase substantially through 2020.  Statistics from the BLS indicate that there were 570 PIs employed in the state in 2012.  Georgia’s Workforce Statistics & Economic Research estimates that there will be 670 jobs for private investigators in 2020.  This represents an increase of 17.5%

According to the state of Georgia’s Workforce Statistics & Economic Research, the top four employers of private investigators, by percentage of employed PI’s, in 2010 were:

  • Management of companies and enterprises:  16.8%
  • Insurance carriers:  16.6%
  • Investigation and security services:  12.9%
  • Business Support Services:  11.8%

These industries accounted for over half of the employment of private investigators in Georgia.

The steps involved in becoming a private investigator in Georgia vary depending on whether applicants wish to be hired by a private detective company or whether they wish to start their own company.

Employees of detective agencies do not need to be licensed in Georgia.  Company owners, on the other hand, are required to obtain a license from the Georgia Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies.  A substantial amount of experience, along with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field, is required to apply for this license.

Detailed information on salaries and employment levels of private investigators in selected cities in Georgia are available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The data for the two areas that employ 84% of Georgia’s PIs are listed below.

Private Investigator Salaries in Georgia

Area name
Annual mean wage
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA
Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC

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