The field of private investigation is a growing field with a 20.7% increase in jobs projected nationally from 2010 through 2020. In Idaho, the average annual salaries for September 2013 are available from Indeed.com.
They are as follows:
- Private detective: $21,000
- Private investigator: $25,000
Private investigators in Idaho come from a variety of backgrounds. Many are retired military veterans or law enforcement officials. Other individuals obtain degrees in criminal justice or police science before they start work as a private investigator. In the U.S. as a whole, 52% of active private investigators have a bachelor’s degree.
No specific license is required to become a private investigator in Idaho. As is the case for most professionals, a business license is generally required.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides information on the types of employment of private investigators in the U.S. Most private investigators work for firms that specialize in investigative and security services. Forty-seven percent of the country’s PIs are so employed. The other four industries with the highest levels of employment of private investigators are:
- Local government
- Legal services
- Management of companies and enterprises
- State government
Almost 21% of the country’s private investigators worked for these types of industries. Of these four categories, the highest annual mean wage was earned by investigators working in legal services.
The top paying jobs in the country are in the following areas:
- Management, scientific, and technical consulting services
- Electric power generation, transmission, and distribution
- Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing
- Aerospace product and parts manufacturing
- Computer systems design and related services
The salaries for private investigators employed in these types of firms averaged 39-45% more than the mean annual salary in the U.S in 2012 according to the BLS.