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Private Investigator Salary Information for Maryland

Maryland is a good location for private investigators seeking jobs.  According to 2012 employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the state had the highest concentration of private investigation jobs in the county. The total number of private investigators employed in Maryland in 2012 was 1,270.

Baltimore, in particular, had the sixth highest level of employment of private investigators of any metropolitan area in the county. Four hundred and fifty PIs were employed in that area in 2012.

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The number of private investigation jobs in Maryland is expected to grow by 25.6% from 2010 to 2020, according to Maryland’s Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning.  That translates into 405 additional jobs that will be available.  In addition, the state projects that 355 individuals will leave the workforce, causing 775 total jobs to be available by 2020.

2012 salary data for private investigators in Maryland is available from the BLS.  The annual median salary and the wage for those in the top tenth percentile of their field are presented below for the state as a whole and for Baltimore:

Maryland City
Average Annual Salary

Aspiring PIs in Maryland must obtain a license to work in the state.  It has fairly stringent requirements for applicants.  They must be at least 25 years old and have at least five years of full-time experience working as an investigator, firefighter, or police officer.  Three years of experience as a law enforcement investigator will suffice.  Anyone with one of these law enforcement backgrounds must have received the appropriate training from the state.

2012 employment and salary data is provided by the BLS for applicants who have succeeded in getting their license and have been working as a private investigator in Maryland.  The following table presents this information for two localities within Maryland.

Private Investigator Salaries in Maryland

Area name
Annual mean wage
Baltimore-Towson MD
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division

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