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Private Investigator Salary Information for Minnesota

Job growth for private investigators in Minnesota is expected to increase 12.5% in the ten years leading up to 2020, according to the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development.  As of 2012, 150 private investigators were employed in Minnesota based on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Salary data for the state as a whole and for the Twin Cities area is also available from the BLS. 

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The salaries for the annual median wage and those of experienced private investigators in the top ten percent of their income bracket are listed below.

Minnesota City
Average Annual Salary
Minneapolis-St. Paul

The seven-county area that encompasses the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area is an especially good part of the state for private investigators.  According to BLS statistics, over 73% of the state’s PIs were located in this area.  In addition, the state projected job growth of 12.3% from 2010 to 2020 in this location.

A license from the Board of Private Detective and Protective Agency Services is required to become a private detective in Minnesota.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old.  Private detectives must provide liability insurance in the form of a $10,000 surety bond.

A substantial amount of experience is required to become a PI in Minnesota.  Applicants must have 6,000 hours of the following type of investigative employment experience or an equivalent type:

  • Licensed private detective or investigative agency
  • U.S. government investigative service
  • Municipal police or sheriff’s office

In addition, fingerprints must be submitted along with five character references.

The BLS provides detailed information on the wages of those PIs who were licensed and working in the Twin City area in 2012.  This is presented in the table below.

Private Investigator Salaries in Minnesota

Area name
Annual mean wage
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI

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