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Private Investigator Salary Information for Hawaii

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, forty private investigators were employed in Hawaii in 2012. Seventy-five percent of them were located in Honolulu.  Hawaii’s Technology Workforce projects the number of jobs in this field to grow by 33% between 2011 and 2021.

Salary data for private investigators in the state as a whole and for Honolulu are listed below.  The annual median wage is listed first, followed by the annual salary of experienced professional investigators in the 90th wage percentile.

Hawaii City
Average Annual Salary

To become a private investigator in Hawaii, a license from the Board of Private Detectives and Guards is required.  This Board is part of the Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs for the state of Hawaii.

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There are strict requirements to obtain a license in Hawaii.  Four years of full-time work as an investigator is required, along with a high school diploma or GED.  Applicants must submit their fingerprints to the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center and undergo a criminal background check.  In addition, they must pass a written exam with a score of at least 75%.

The number of licenses that had been issued as of 2012 was greater than the number of people working as private investigators in Hawaii.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 91 licenses were active at that time.

Private detectives in Hawaii seek out a variety of different types of information, including:

  • The whereabouts of missing persons
  • Crimes and thefts
  • Obtaining confidential information

They may work for the public, businesses, or attorneys.  Common types of investigations include:

  • Ascertaining whether individuals claiming workman’s compensation are truly injured
  • Determining whether a loved one or spouse is committing infidelity
  • Finding the heirs to inheritances
  • Determining whether a potential investor is trustworthy

Detailed information on the hourly and annual salaries of private investigators in 2012 is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Such information is presented for Honolulu below.

Private Investigator Salaries in Hawaii

Area name
Annual mean wage
Honolulu HI

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