Three hundred and fifty private investigators worked in Nebraska in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The state can be a lucrative place to work as a private investigator or private detective. The BLS spotlighted the state as having the fifth highest average PI salary of any state in the country. This is particularly notable, since Nebraska has a lower cost of living than many other places in the U.S.
Some categories of private investigation are more lucrative than others in Nebraska. The state’s Department of Labor indicated that private investigators who worked for insurance carriers and related activities in 2013 made nearly 40% more than those who worked in the field of credit intermediation.
The BLS provides 2012 salary data for Nebraska. The median wage and the average of salary of experienced PIs in the top tenth percentile are listed below:
PI salaries increased during 2013. The median wage in the state for that year was $66,520 according to Nebraska’s Office of Labor Market Information.
A license from the state is required to become a private investigator in Nebraska. The fees are slightly different, depending on whether the application is to be a private detective or a plain-clothes investigator.
There are a number of requirements that are identical between these two categories of investigator, although private detectives are required to have liability insurance in the form of a $10,000 surety bond.
All applicants must undergo a background check by the Nebraska State Patrol and take a written exam. A substantial amount of experience is required, although it varies depending on the educational background of the applicant. The breakdown is as follows:
- No degree: 3000 hours of experience
- Associate’s degree: 2500 hours of experience
- Bachelor’s degree: 2000 hours of experience
Once applicants have become private investigators, information on their salaries is tallied by the BLS. A detailed breakdown of hourly and annual wages for 2012 in the Omaha area is provided in the table below.