Private Investigator Salary Information for North Dakota

The number of private investigators throughout the country is expected to grow 20.7% in the ten year period leading up to 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  September 2013 salary information for PIs in North Dakota is provided by and is listed below:

  • Private investigator:  $32,000
  • Private detective:  $27,000

These are the average salaries for a year.  Experienced professionals can earn substantially higher wages.

A license from the North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board (NDPISB) is required to become a private investigator in the state.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.  Before they can apply for their license, aspiring PIs must pass a written examination.

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The NDPISB requires a substantial amount of experience from those applying for a PI license.  They must have been employed performing investigative services for 2000 hours.  This must have been as a registered employee of a detective agency.

Special training is required to work as an armed PI.  Applicants must have received the same amount of training as peace officers.  There is an additional exam that has both a written part and a part in which to demonstrate firing skills.

Once private investigators have their license, there a number of avenues they can take to find jobs.  According to the BLS, most of the private investigators in the country work for investigative and security service firms.  Fewer people work as PIs in the following industries, but their salaries average over 39% of the mean PI’s salary in the country:

  • Manufacturing of
    • Aerospace product and parts
    • Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments
  • Computer systems design and related services
  • Electric power generation, transmission, and distribution
  • Management, scientific, and technical consulting services