The field of private investigation in Maine is expected to grow nine percent in the ten year period leading up to 2016. According to Maine’s Department of Labor, there were 167 individuals working as private investigators in the state in 2006.
The 2012 salaries of Maine’s private investigators are available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median salary for PIs in that year was $53,350, while those in the top ten percent of their salary bracket earned an average of $59,970.
Private investigators can work independently or be employed by a number of different types of industries. Over 80% of Maine’s private investigators worked in the following three industries in 2001 according to Maine’s Department of Labor:
- Business services: 41%
- General merchandise stores: 22%
- Insurance carriers: 19%
Individuals aspiring to work as private investigators in Maine must first get a license from the State Police Licensing Division. Applicants must have reached the age of 18 and have a high school diploma or GED. They also have to pass a criminal background check and take a written exam to be qualified.
In addition, applicants must have one of the following backgrounds to become a private investigator in Maine:
- At least 1,700 hours working as an investigative assistant
- One year of employment with a U.S. investigative service
- One year of employment as a law enforcement officer
- Have taken 60 college credits
- Possess an associate’s degree in law enforcement
Specialty jobs for private investigators in Maine can include:
- Alarm investigators
- Fraud investigators
- Gambling monitors
- House officers
- Railroad and transit police and special agents
- Shopping investigators
- Undercover operators in establishments
Some private investigators work for defense attorneys and examine the particulars of cases to try and help exonerate defendants.