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Private Investigator Salary Information for Iowa

Estimates from the State’s Workforce Development indicated that 70 such investigators worked in Iowa during that year. 

The average salary for private investigators is listed based on the different sources, followed by the average salary of experienced professionals who were among the top earners:

Federal or State Estimate
Average Annual Salary
State Estimate
Federal Estimate

The future of the private investigation field is promising.  Nationally, the ranks of private investigators are estimated to grow by 21% from 2010 to 2012.  This increase is projected to be faster than average compared to other types of jobs.

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A license from the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Administrative Services is required to become a private investigator in the state.  Applicants must submit two sets of fingerprints for a background check.  Those applying as individuals must provide proof of insurance in the form of a $5,000 surety bond.

Private investigators can hold a variety of types of jobs.  The industries with the highest levels of employment of private investigators include:

  • Investigation and security firms
  • Local governmental agencies
  • Legal services
  • Management of companies and enterprises
  • State governmental agencies
  • Office administrative services
  • Aerospace product and parts manufacturing

There are a number of specialties for private investigators.  Some specialize in fraud such as tracking malfeasance committed over computers.  Others are skilled at physical surveillance:  ensuring that worker’s compensation claims are legitimate or tracking spouses suspected of having illegitimate affairs.  Another type of work for PIs is assisting defense attorneys by thoroughly investigating the circumstances of their case to try and clear the defendant of charges.

The BLS provides a detailed breakdown of employment levels, hourly, and annual wages for a region that is shared with Iowa.  This data is listed in the table below.

Private Investigator Salaries in Iowa

Area name
Annual mean wage
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