Private Investigator Salary Information for Michigan

The outlook for private investigators in Michigan is promising.  Job growth in Michigan in this field is expected to be 13.6% in the period between 2008 and 2018 according to the state’s Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth.  Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicated that 210 private investigators were employed in Michigan in 2012 with nearly half of them located in the Detroit area.

The average salary for private investigators in Michigan in 2012 is available from the BLS, along with the average salary for experienced PIs, who earned in the 90th percentile of their profession. 

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This information is presented below for the state and for Detroit.

Michigan City
Average Annual Salary

The state of Michigan requires a license to work as a private detective. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs issues these licenses.  Applicants must be at least 25 years old and have been involved in one of the following occupations full-time for at least three years:

  • Served as an investigative employee in another state
  • Worked as an investigator for one who holds a license for conducting a professional investigative agency
  • Served as a law enforcement officer for a government agency
  • Graduated with a bachelor’s or graduate degree in a field such as criminal justice or police administration
  • Served as an in-house investigator for a business or attorney
  • Served as an investigative report for a recognized media outlet

Applicants who are successful in obtaining a license have a variety of job options available to them.  One area that is booming is computer forensics.  Private investigators can help track down those who have perpetrated fraud or harassed individuals using a computer.

Detailed information on hourly and annual salaries of private investigators in Michigan is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Private Investigator Salaries in Michigan

Area name
Annual mean wage
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MI Metropolitan Division
Detroit-Warren-Livonia MI

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