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Private Investigator Salary Information for Kentucky

Kentucky is a promising place to find work as a private investigator, since the state’s Department of Workforce Investment projects the growth in PI jobs to be 18.27% in the state.  This is based on estimates of the ten-year period leading up to 2018. 

In 2012, private investigators earned $44,380 on average in Kentucky, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Those with experience who were in the top ten percent averaged $58,530 a year.

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The average salaries for private investigators in selected areas of Kentucky are listed below, followed by the average salary for those in the top 10th percentile of their field:

Kentucky City
Average Annual Salary
Louisville-Jefferson County

A license from the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Private Investigators is required to become a private investigator in this commonwealth.  Applicants must be at least 21 years old and meet requirements for having good character and not having had a felony conviction in the past ten years.

Those who apply to be private investigators in Kentucky must also pass a state examination and provide proof of insurance.  A $250,000 combined single-limit policy is required.  Private investigators who work exclusively under an attorney’s supervision are exempt from this rule.

Once an aspiring private investigator has received his or her license in Kentucky, there are a variety of types of work for them.  PIs should be highly proficient with computers, since they will be regularly checking databases as part of background investigations.  Also, some PIs specialize in computer forensics.

Conducting surveillance is another area of specialty for some private investigators.  This can range from investigation of workmen’s comp claims for insurance companies to determining whether a spouse is being unfaithful.

Seeking missing persons is another area of expertise.  This can range from finding loved ones that have disappeared to finding those who are due to inherit money or property.

Detailed information on the hourly and annual wages of private investigators in different areas of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2012 are provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the table shown below.

Private Investigator Salaries in Kentucky

Area name
Annual mean wage
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN
Louisville-Jefferson County KY-IN
Estimate not released

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