Private Investigator Salary Information for Missouri

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 610 people were employed as private investigators in Missouri in 2012.  One of the best areas for jobs in the state is St. Louis.  It had the ninth highest level of private investigator and private detective employment of any metropolitan area in the country in 2012.

The BLS provides salary information for private investigators in Missouri.  The average salary of these professionals throughout the state was $47,710 in 2012.  Experienced professionals had substantially higher salaries, which averaged $79,310.

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Salary data for selected cities in Missouri is listed below.  The average annual salary is followed by that of private investigators in the 90th percentile:

Missouri City
Average Annual Salary
Kansas City
St. Louis

The state of Missouri started requiring licenses for private investigators in the state in 2007.  They are provided by the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Regulation.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and pass a background check and a two hour licensing exam to obtain a license from the.  Liability insurance is also required in the form of a $250,000 business general liability policy.

Once they have been licensed, most private investigators work for investigation and security services.  Others work for state or local government.  Additional sources of employment are with the management of companies.  A substantial number of private investigators work in legal services.

The highest salaries for private investigators tend to be in technical fields such aerospace manufacturing, computer systems design, and the manufacturing of navigational and electromedical devices.

Employment and detailed salary data for private investigators working in Missouri is available from the BLS.  A detailed breakdown of hourly and annual wages by percentile is provided in the table shown below.

Private Investigator Salaries in Missouri

Area name
Annual mean wage
Kansas City MO-KS
St. Louis MO-IL

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