Two hundred and ninety private investigators worked in New Jersey in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). New openings are expected as current PIs retire, and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is projecting a growth rate of 8.6% in the ten year period leading up to 2020.
The 2012 annual median wage of private investigators in New Jersey was $54,370 based on information from the BLS. Experienced PIs made substantially more. The average wage for those in the top tenth percentile was $90,980.
The BLS also provides the 2012 salaries of private investigators in a number of cities in New Jersey. The median wage is listed below, followed by the average salaries of the top earners:
Private investigators in New Jersey are regulated as private detectives, and a license from the New Jersey State Police is required to operate in the state. An applicant to be a private detective or private investigator must be at least 25 years old and have five years of experience as an investigator or police officer. Liability insurance in the form of a $3000 surety bond is also required.
There are a number of career options for private investigators in New Jersey. Potential employers include:
- State and local government
- Police departments
- Retail establishments
- Insurance companies
- High tech companies
- Credit intermediation companies
Some of the most lucrative employers for private investigators include high tech companies such as aerotech firms and companies that make medical devices.
A detailed breakdown of salary information by city is available from the BLS for private investigators who worked in New Jersey in 2012. It is presented in the table below.