New Hampshire is projected to have a high rate of job growth in the field of private investigation. According to New Hampshire Employment Security, the number of jobs is projected to increase 22.2% in the period from 2008 to 2018.
One hundred and ninety PIs were employed in New Hampshire in 2012 according to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Their average salary was $45,330 with more experienced private investigators earning $59,860 in the top 10th percentile. Information on the 2012 salaries in the following NECTA regions is available from the BLS:
A license from the State Police of New Hampshire is required to become a private investigator or private detective in the state. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and undergo a criminal background check. Liability insurance in the form of a $50,000 surety bond is also required.
A significant amount of experience is required to be able to apply to be a PI in New Hampshire. Applicants must have one of the following types of fulltime experience:
- Two years of investigative if they have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in fire service or criminal justice
- Four years as a law enforcement officer
- Four years as an investigator
- Four years as a firefighter and professional certification by The International Association of Arson Investigators
While they must be a resident of the U.S., applicants are not required to be residents of New Hampshire.
For applicants who had been approved and working as New Hampshire private investigators in 2012, the BLS provides detailed salary information on the hourly and annual wages in various percentiles. This is provided in the table below.