Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicated that 110 private investigators were employed in Kansas in 2012. Their average annual salary was $46,070, while experienced investigators in the top 10th wage percentile earned $76,120 a year.
The Kansas Labor Market Information Service has provided 2012 salary data for private investigators working in Kansas City, Kansas. Their average salary was $47,108, while experienced PIs in the upper two thirds of their wage bracket made $51,753 on average.
Individuals who want to become a private investigator in Kansas have to be licensed by the Kansas Attorney General. This is done through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and pass an examination to be eligible to get a PI’s license. They must also have proof of one of the following:
- $100,000 corporate surety bond
- General liability insurance providing coverage for bodily injury or property damage that provides $100,000 of coverage
- $100,000 deposit with the State Treasurer
Two sets of fingerprint cards are also required, so that a background check can be conducted.
Once an applicant has received his or her license to operate as a private investigator in Kansas, there are a number of different types of employment options. Many private investigators work for insurance companies and double check that people who have filed workman’s compensation claims are truly injured.
Other PIs work for individuals. This can range from performance surveillance on spouses to make sure they are not cheating to checking out potential investment companies to make sure that they are legitimate.
Defense attorneys are another source of employment. Particularly with serious crimes, attorneys rely on private investigators to provide accurate information about the person’s background and details for the crime they were alleged to have committed. Sometimes this can lead to the defendant being exonerated.
Detailed information on the employment levels, annual, and hourly salaries of private investigators in Kansas is provided by the BLS. In the case of Kansas, the following table of information is available on the Kansas City metropolitan area.